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Head and Neck Cancer

Head and Neck Cancer - Symptoms

This depends on the location of the cancer.

Common to all locations

  • Neck lump – may be the tumour itself or a lymph node enlarged by tumour cells
  • Significant loss of appetite and loss of weight


  • Non-healing ulcer
  • Tumour or growth

Throat (larynx, oropharynx & hypopharynx)

  • Hoarseness
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Difficulty or pain on swallowing

Nose (nasal cavity, sinuses & nasopharynx)

  • Blood-stained mucus or nose bleed
  • Nasal blockage
  • Nasal blockage


  • New skin nodule especially if growing
  • New mole especially if growing or irregular pigmentation
  • Non-healing ulcer

Head and Neck Cancer - Preparing for surgery

Head and Neck Cancer - Post-surgery care

Head and Neck Cancer - Other Information