About Head and Neck Cancer

Head and neck cancers are cancers that start in the tissues and organs of the head and neck. They include cancers of the larynx (voice box), throat, lips, mouth, nose, and salivary glands.

Most types of head and neck cancer begin in squamous cells that line the moist surfaces inside the head and neck (for example, the mouth, nose, and throat).

Tobacco use, heavy alcohol use, and infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) increase the risk of many types of head and neck cancer.

To get the right information about treatment and prognosis, you need to know exactly what type of head and neck cancer you have and what stage it is.

 

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Head and Neck Cancer Medical Team

Medical Oncologist

Medical oncologists specialize in the treatment of solid tumors, usually with chemotherapy or by referral to a surgeon for removal of the tumor.

Omar Atiq, M.D.
Omar Atiq, M.D.
Medical Oncologist

Otolaryngologist

A physician specialized in diagnosing and treating diseases of the head and neck, especially those involving the ears, nose, and throat (ENT)

Head and Neck Surgeon Chelsey Smith, M.D., Joins UAMS
Chelsey Smith, M.D.
Otolaryngologist
Brendan C. Stack Jr., M.D.
Brendan C. Stack Jr., M.D.
Otolaryngologist
James Y. Suen, M.D.
James Y. Suen, M.D.
Otolaryngologist
Ozlem E. Tulunay-Ugur, M.D.
Ozlem E. Tulunay-Ugur, M.D.
Otolaryngologist
Emre Vural, M.D.
Emre Vural, M.D.
Otolaryngologist

Surgical Oncologist

A surgical oncologist is a surgeon who specializes in the surgical removal of cancerous tumors.

Mauricio A. Moreno, M.D.
Mauricio A. Moreno, M.D.
Surgical Oncologist

Radiation Oncologist

A radiation oncologist specializes in treating cancers with radiation therapy by using high-energy radiation to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells.

Sanjay Maraboyina, M.D.
Sanjay Maraboyina, M.D.
Radiation Oncologist
Loverd Michael Peacock, M.D.
Loverd Michael Peacock, M.D.
Radiation Oncologist
Jose A. Penagaricano, M.D.
Jose A. Penagaricano, M.D.
Radiation Oncologist

Endocrinologist

Endocrinologists are specially trained physicians who diagnose diseases related to the glands.

Donald L. Bodenner, M.D., Ph.D.
Donald L. Bodenner, M.D., Ph.D.
Endocrinologist

Palliative Care

Palliative Care doctors focus on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness.

Megan Davis, M.D.
Palliative Care
Sarah E. Harrington, M.D.
Sarah E. Harrington, M.D.
Palliative Care
Heather Moore M.D.
Heather Moore, M.D.
Palliative Care
Elizabeth Rogers, M.D.
Elizabeth Rogers, M.D.
Palliative Care
Clark Smith M.D.
Clark Smith, M.D.
Palliative Care

Geneticist

A geneticist is a biologist who studies genetics, the science of genes, heredity, and variation of organisms.

Kent D. McKelvey Jr., M.D.
Kent D. McKelvey Jr., M.D.
Geneticist

Interventional Radiologists

Interventional Radiologists diagnose and treat patients using the least invasive techniques currently available in order to minimize risk to the patient and improve health outcomes.

James Meek, M.D.
James Meek, M.D.
Interventional Radiologist
Mollie Meek, M.D.
Mollie Meek, M.D.
Interventional Radiologist

Head and Neck Cancer Support Team

Carrie Calhoon
Carrie Calhoon, LCSW
Social Worker
Peggy Cosgrove
Peggy Cosgrove
Dietitian
Harriet Farley
Harriet Farley, LCSW
Social Worker
Shayna Fendley, LCSW
Shayna Fendley, LCSW
Social Work
Kim Kenser. LCSW
Kim Kenser, LCSW
Social Worker
Dana McClendon
Dana McClendon
Dietitian
Michelle Morgan
Michelle Morgan
Dietitian
Leann Mullens
Leann Mullens
Dietitian
Ryan Pritchard, PharmD
Ryan Pritchard, PharmD
Pharmacist
Pam Prutzman
Pam Prutzman
Dietitian
Amanda Tennyson
Amanda Tennyson
Dietitian