Cancer can develop in any part of the head and neck. Cancerous Tumors often require multi-disciplinary treatment including surgery, radiation therapy and/or chemotherapy. These tumors are usually very dangerous and require immediate treatment in order to obtain the best outcome. Cancerous tumors have a tendency to invade and destroy surrounding structures and spread to other parts of the body (Metastasize). The most common site of metastasis is the lymph nodes of the neck.
Treatment options (surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy) vary depending on the location and size of the tumor, in addition to the type of cancer. The goal of treatment is not only to provide a cure, but in addition, emphasis is placed on function and cosmetic outcome.