Head & Neck Cancer
Head & Neck Cancer and Its Treatment
Head and neck cancer is any cancer that appears in the head or neck region, including the nasal cavity, sinuses, face, lip, mouth, salivary glands, throat, larynx or thyroid. According to the National Cancer Institute, head and neck cancers account for approximately 3% to 5% of all cancers in the United States.
Head and neck cancers are more common in men and in people over age 50. It is estimated that about 40,000 men and women in this country will develop head and neck cancer this year.
The Most Common Symptoms of Head & Neck Cancer:
- difficulty swallowing
- sore throat or painful swallowing
- ear pain
- weight loss
- coughing (especially with blood)
- neck mass
- non-healing mouth sore
The treatment plan for an individual patient depends on a number of factors, including the exact location of the tumor, the stage of the cancer and the person’s age and general health. We consider treatment options carefully. Our board-certified otolaryngologists will discuss each type of treatment and how it might affect the patient.
Your surgeon may remove the cancer and some of the healthy tissue around it. Lymph nodes in the neck may also be removed (lymph node dissection) if the doctor suspects that the cancer has spread.
Radiation therapy is an option used to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy, also called anticancer drugs, is another option. This treatment is used to kill cancer cells throughout the body.
We work closely with radiation oncologists and medical oncologists to help patients navigate this process. In fact, our “Navigator Program” in the hospital helps patients move through three different modalities of care using a multidisciplinary approach.
For more information about our one-stop care and leading-edge medical and surgical solutions for sinus and nasal problems, call to schedule an appointment.
On-Site CT Scanning Services for Head & Neck
Dalton ENT is an IAC Accredited Facility for performing Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) scans of the head and neck.
CT scans provide information about soft tissue structures like sinuses as well as fine detail of tiny bony structures such as those of the inner ear.All scans are performed on site at our facility using state of the art CT equipment operated by certified technicians.
Our Patient Care Services
- Relief for Ear, Nose, Throat & Hearing Problems
- Nasal and Sinus Treatment
- Balloon Sinuplasty
- Allergy Care & Management
- Comprehensive Pediatric ENT Care
- Sleep Apnea Diagnosis & Treatment
- CT Scanning Services for Head & Neck
- Hearing Problems, Diagnostic Testing & Hearing Aid Fitting
- Chronic Cough
- Ear Pain & Infection
- Skin Lesion & Cancer Removal
- Balance & Vestibular Disorders
- Head & Neck Masses
- Thyroid & Parathyroid Problems
- Nose & Ear Cosmetic Care