9/11 Head & Neck Cancers
Head and Neck Cancers (including Oral cavity, Throat, Voicebox, Sinuses, Nasal cavity and Salivary gland cancers) are common among 9/11 responders and survivors due to the dust and fumes they ingested and inhaled after the 9/11 attacks. Turley Hansen represents many clients with head and neck cancers in claims before the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
Head and neck cancers usually begin in the “squamous cells” that line the moist surfaces inside the mouth, the nose, and the throat. These cancers are commonly named by their locations:
- Oral Cancer: includes the lips, tongue, gums, inside the cheeks, bottom of the mouth, top of the mouth.
- Throat (pharynx) Cancer: The pharynx is a hollow tube about 5 inches long that starts behind the nose and leads to the esophagus.
- Larynx (voice box): The larynx contains the vocal cords. It also prevents food from entering the air passages.
- Sinuses and nasal cavity: The sinuses are small hollow spaces in the bones of the head surrounding the nose. The nasal cavity is the hollow space inside the nose.
- Salivary glands: The major salivary glands are in the floor of the mouth and near the jawbone. The salivary glands produce saliva.
Main treatment options include:
- Radiation therapy
- Targeted therapy
- Palliative pain treatment
- Stereotactic radiosurgery/stereotactic radiotherapy
- Proton beam therapy
- Read an inspiring story from an oral cancer survivor here.
- Learn more about head and neck cancers from the National Cancer Institute here.
Should you have questions about medical care or an award for oral, throat or sinus cancer from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, please call us at 1-855-982-4636.