HEAD AND NECK CANCER
TYPES and sub-sites

There are up to 40 different sites and sub-sites of Head and Neck Cancer. If you are looking for information about one in particular, this list may help you navigate this site. Here, most head and neck cancers and sub-sites are grouped into 10 main types.

Hypopharyngeal Cancer








Includes / also known as:

  • Pyriform sinus cancer

  • Post-cricoid cancer

Click here for information about Hypopharyngeal Cancer


 

Oropharyngeal Cancer








Includes / also known as:

  • Cancer of the soft palate

  • Tonsil cancer

  • Tongue Base cancer / Base of tongue cancer

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Nasopharyngeal Cancer








Includes / also known as:

  • Pyriform sinus cancer

  • Post-cricoid cancer

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Laryngeal Cancer








Includes / also known as:

  • Cancer of voice box

  • Vocal cord cancer

  • Larynx cancer

  • Supraglottic cancer

  • Glottic cancer

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Oral Cancer








Includes / also known as:

  • Mouth cancer

  • Tongue cancer

  • Gum cancer (alveolus / gingiva / gum)

  • Teeth cancer

  • Jaw cancer

  • Floor of mouth cancer

  • Mandible / jaw cancer

  • Hard palate cancer

  • Retromolar trigone

  • Buccal (inside of cheek)

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Nasal and Paranasal Sinus Cancer








Includes / also known as:

  • Nasal cancer

  • Sinus cancer

  • Nose cancer

  • Maxillary cancer

  • Maxillary sinus cancer

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Salivary Gland Cancer








Includes / also known as:

  • Parotid tumour   

  • Submandibular tumour

  • Sublingual tumour

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Thyroid Cancer








Includes / also known as:

  • Papillary thyroid cancer

  • Papillary thyroid carcinoma

  • Follicular thyroid cancer

  • Follicular thyroid carcinoma

  • Hurthle cell cancer / carcinoma

  • Medullary thyroid cancer / carcinoma

  • Anaplastic thyroid cancer / carcinoma

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Skin Cancer








Includes / also known as:

  • Melanoma

  • Lip cancer

  • Non-melanoma skin cancer

  • Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) 

  • Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)

  • Merkel cell carcinoma

  • Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma

  • Face cancer

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Unknown Primary Cancer

(Metastatic cancer in a neck lymph node but the primary tumour source can’t be found).








Includes / also known as:

  • Neck cancer

  • Metastatic cancer neck lymph node

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