Rare head and neck tumors and tumors of the salivary glands

Head and neck tumors, including tumors of the salivary glands, are all tumors that occur in the head and neck area, except tumors that occur in the brain. They are their own category: neurological tumors. Head and neck tumors can develop in the nose and nasal cavities, eye socket, mouth, and oral cavity, larynx, and the upper part of the esophagus. The salivary glands, lymph nodes, and thyroid can also develop tumors. There are also several rare tumor types that occur in the head and neck area.

Symptoms

There are many different types of head and neck tumors, so the symptoms vary.

The most common symptoms include congestion or recurrent nosebleeds, earache on one side of the head, hoarseness, and swelling in the neck. Some people also experience weight loss.

We recommend that you contact your general practitioner if you experience any of the above symptoms for three weeks or longer.

Head and neck tumors at the Netherlands Cancer Institute

At the Netherlands Cancer Institute, our dedicated team of Head and neck surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, and radiologists specializes in the treatment of tumors in the head and neck region.

Alongside our specialists, a team of oncology nurses, physician assistants, speech therapists, physical therapists, dentists, oral hygienists, dieticians, and psychosocial workers offer supportive care.

Besides medical treatment and supportive care, we value survivorship after your treatment. A specialized team tries to rehabilitate patients back into society in the best way possible.

 

Certified center

The Netherlands Cancer Institute is a nationally NFU certified expert center for the treatment of head and neck tumors, including tumors of the salivary glands.

The Netherlands Cancer Institute is also a certified Euracan expert center for the treatment of tumors in the nose and nasal cavity, ear, nasopharynx, and salivary glands.

Second opinion after cancer diagnosis

Maybe you have received your cancer diagnosis elsewhere and would like the Netherlands Cancer Institute to look over your medical history for a second opinion. Read more about requesting a second opinion at our institute here.

You and your practicing physician can decide which diagnostic tests are required for your diagnosis and treatment plan. All tests and treatment options are optional and depend on your overall health and shape, age, and the stage of your disease.

 

Treatment team

Our specialists excel at the treatment of head and neck cancer and come together every week for a multidisciplinary team meeting during which they will discuss your personal situation, test results, and medical history in order to find the treatment option that best fits you. Your practicing physician will discuss your options with you. At the Netherlands Cancer Institute, we value your thoughts and input on your treatment.