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Head + Neck Cancer

Head and neck cancer is a group of diseases that affect the body parts above your shoulders, like the nose, lips, mouth, throat and thyroid.

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Facing the challenges of cancer head-on

The head and neck area are responsible for a lot of activities that allow us to feel like ourselves, like seeing, speaking, smelling and swallowing. If you were recently diagnosed with cancer in this region of the body, it can be a heavy weight to bear. You don’t have to carry it alone.

You can feel at ease knowing that your Tufts Medicine care team will be there for you every step of your care journey. From the day you’re diagnosed to the moment you walk out our doors, we’ll help you hold your head high.

Otolaryngologist Miriam O'Leary, MD, using scope on patient at an appointment in the ENT clinic at Tufts Medical Center.
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Head and neck cancers affect the following areas:

  • Larynx (voice box)
  • Mouth
  • Nasal cavity
  • Salivary glands
  • Sinuses
  • Throat

Learn about head and neck cancer with Miriam O'Leary, MD, FACS.



Everyone’s care journey starts with a thorough evaluation. If you feel pain or discomfort in this part of the body, talk to your doctor or otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat specialist). Head and neck cancers are often curable if treated early, so we want to meet with you as soon as possible.



Your treatment options will depend on your specific condition and its current stage. Your path to recovery may include 1 or more of the following treatments:

Otolaryngologist Richard Wein, MD with Miriam O'Leary, MD, using scope on patient during Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) appointment.
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Otolaryngologist Miriam, O'Leary, MD, FACS in an ENT surgery at Tufts Medical Center.
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A clinical trial investigating BNT113 in combination with pembrolizumab versus pembrolizumab alone for patients with a form of head and neck cancer positive for human papilloma virus 16 and expressing the protein PD-L1
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