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Patient Information

Head and neck cancers begin in the organs and tissues of the head and neck. These include cancers of the larynx, lips, mouth, nose, salivary glands and throat. Most often, these tumors begin in the squamous cells lining the moist surfaces of the mouth, nose and throat.

At WakeMed Hematology & Medical Oncology, we provide a healing environment and deliver the highest quality diagnostics, evaulation and treatments. Our compassionate and knowledgeable team of providers — to include our head and neck surgery team — use scientific precision to offer our patients hope for the best possible outcomes. 

Diagnostics for Head and Neck Cancers


  • Biomarker Testing of the Tumor
  • Biopsy
  • Endoscopy


  • Bone scan
  • Computed Tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Panoramic Radiograph
  • Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT)
  • Ultrasound
  • X-ray/Barium Swallow

Types of Head and Neck Cancers

  • Hypopharyngeal Cancer
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Lip Cancer
  • Metastatic Squamous Neck Cancer with Occult Primary
  • Nasopharyngeal Cancer
  • Oral Cavity Cancer
  • Oropharyngeal Cancer
  • Paranasal Sinus and Nasal Cavity Cancer
  • Parathyroid Cancer
  • Pharyngeal Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Throat Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer

Treatments for Head and Neck Cancers

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Radioactive Iodine for Thyroid Cancer
  • Surgery (Laryngectomy, Neck Dissection, Flap Surgery)
  • Oncologic Reconstruction