Head & Neck Tumors
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Tumors of the head and neck include benign and cancerous tumors of the lips, tongue, mouth, tonsils, throat, voice box, vocal cords, salivary glands, nose, sinuses, thyroid, parathyroid glands and skin.
Signs and symptoms:
- Sore throat, ear pain, or a hoarse voice that lasts more than 4 weeks
- Lump in the neck or throat
- Pain or difficulty swallowing
- Sore on the tongue or elsewhere in the mouth
Cancers of the mouth, throat and voice box are associated with smoking and drinking alcohol but these are no longer the only risk factors. Recent research has shown that most of the cases of throat cancer diagnosed in the past decade are in younger adults who never smoked and rarely drink. These cancers are associated with the presence of the human papilloma virus (HPV) and they are usually diagnosed at a more advanced stage.
Treatment of these cancers is dependent upon many factors including the type and location of the tumor and the stage at diagnosis. All are very treatable and curable when diagnosed early. Collin County ENT offers the latest and most advanced surgical techniques and technology to remove cancer. In addition to traditional cancer surgery we offer sentinel lymph node biopsy, minimally invasive surgery, laser-assisted surgery and robotic surgery. We also believe in preserving quality of life for our patients by restoring the form and function of critical structures through advanced reconstructive surgery, including microvascular free flap reconstruction (borrowing skin, fat, muscle or bone from another part of your body to replace what was removed with the tumor).
We believe that knowing when not to perform surgery is also very important. We work closely with many radiation and medical oncologists in the area to formulate a treatment and follow-up plan for each individual patient even when that plan does not include surgery.