Head and neck cancer includes any cancer that affects the mouth, throat, sinuses, salivary glands, nose, or lymph nodes in the neck. Early diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancer increase the chance of a full recovery. At ENT and Allergy Specialists of Western PA, with offices in Sewickley, Beaver/Vanport Township, Seven Fields, and Ohio Valley in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, the team includes board-certified head and neck surgeons who specialize in head and neck cancer treatment. Call or schedule a consultation online today.
Head and neck cancer is a general term that refers to cancers originating from the cells in the mouth, throat, or voice box. These types of cancers are known as squamous cell carcinoma.
You can also develop head and neck cancer in the salivary glands, sinuses, muscles, or nerves in the head or neck, but these types of cancers are less common.
Head and neck cancer makes up about 4% of the cancer cases in the United States. You may be at a greater risk of developing this type of cancer if you smoke or use tobacco products or have an oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.
Head and neck cancer symptoms vary. You may develop a lump in your throat or a sore in your mouth that fails to heal. Or, you may have a chronic sore throat, pain when swallowing, or a hoarse voice.
Though cancer may not always be the cause of these types of symptoms, you should schedule a consultation with the experts at ENT and Allergy Specialists of Western PA to get the right diagnosis.
When you visit ENT and Allergy Specialists of Western PA with concerns about head and neck cancer, the team conducts a thorough exam.
They review your symptoms and medical history and examine your mouth, nose, and throat. They take a biopsy of any abnormal tissue and send it to a lab for testing. A biopsy is the only way to diagnose head and neck cancer.
Treatment for head and neck cancer depends on a number of factors, including the location of the cancer, the stage of the cancer, your age, and your general health.
The board-certified physicians at ENT and Allergy Specialists of Western PA customize treatment to best meet your needs, which may include:
The team at ENT and Allergy Specialists of Western PA is here to help you and your loved ones with head and neck cancer.
Schedule a consultation at ENT and Allergy Specialists of Western PA by calling or booking an appointment online today.