Carolinas HealthCare System

Head and neck cancers usually begin in the squamous cells located in moist areas, such as the mouth, nose/nasal passages and throat. Another more rare form of head and neck cancer can develop in the trachea. Other cancers found in the brain, scalp and skin, for example, are usually not classified as head and neck cancer.

Patients at Levine Cancer Institute have access to the latest diagnostic procedures for diagnosing head and neck cancers. The first step is to get a complete medical history, including symptoms and risk factors, and undergo a physical exam. What type of testing your healthcare provider recommends depends on your individual case, but you may undergo:

  • Blood and/or urine tests
  • Endoscopy
  • Biopsy
  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • Bone scan
  • PET scan

If cancer is found, the next step is staging, which determines the extent of the cancer. This will help determine the treatment plan.

For more information about Levine Cancer Institute, call 980-442-2000.