Head & Neck Cancer

Head & Neck Cancer Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention – Head & Neck Cancer Specialist Dr. Anup Toshniwal


What is Head & Neck Cancer?

Cancer is a disease in which cells of the body grow out of control. Cancers of the head and neck include cancers that start in several places in the head and throat, not including brain cancers or cancers of the eye.

These cancers can start—

  • In the sinuses (the spaces around the nose on the inside of the skull).
  • Inside and behind the nose.
  • In the mouth, including the tongue, the gums, and the roof of the mouth.
  • In the back of the mouth and the throat (pharynx), which includes three sections called the nasopharynx, oropharynx, and hypopharynx.
  • In the larynx (voice box).
  • On the lips, although cancer on the lips is a type of skin cancer.
  • In the glands that make saliva for the mouth, but those are relatively rare.


  • A Mouth Ulcer
  • A Lump in the Neck, Jaw, or Mouth
  • Pain or Weakness in the Face
  • Neck Pain
  • Difficulty Moving the Jaw
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Speech Problems
  • Ear Pain or Hearing Loss
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Sore Throat
  • White or Red Patches in the Mouth or Throat
  • Weight Loss
  • Other Signs of Head and Neck Cancer

Head and neck cancer types

  • Laryngeal cancer
  • Nasopharyngeal cancer
  • Hypopharyngeal cancer 
  • Nasal cavity and paranasal
  • Salivary gland cancer 
  • Oral cancer 
  • Oropharyngeal cancer
  • Tonsil cancer