National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week: Understanding These Diseases

April 12-18 is National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, a period that focuses on education around the many different types of oral, head and neck cancers and treatment options for such diseases.

Oral, head and neck cancer is cancer that arises in the head or neck region, including the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, thyroid glands, throat or larynx. The most common risk factors for these types of cancers are tobacco, alcohol and the human papillomavirus (HPV).

Surgery and radiation therapy are the most common treatments for most oral, head and neck cancers. Chemotherapy may be added into a treatment plan in certain situations for advanced disease.

At Louisville CyberKnife, we treat certain types of head and neck tumors, including acoustic neuromas, ocular and spine tumors with an advanced procedure called stereotactic radiosurgery using CyberKnife® technology. Contact us to learn about this noninvasive treatment option.

This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.