Head & Neck Cancer
Head and neck cancer refers to any cancer of the aerodigestive tract, or upper parts of respiratory and digestive tracts. This includes the lips, mouth, tongue, nose, throat, vocal cords, and uppers parts of the esophagus and trachea (windpipe).
The most common sign of head and neck cancer is a mass in the neck area because these cancers frequently spread into the lymph nodes. Other signs and symptoms include sinus congestion, bad breath, sore tongue, oral ulcers, red or white patches in the mouth, earache, unusual oral bleeding or numbness, hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, or weight loss.
An ear, nose, and throat (ENT) examination, usually with a fiberoptic endoscope, will usually warrant further imaging studies and a biopsy.
If you are diagnosed with a head and neck cancer, radiation therapy can be used in conjunction with surgery and/or chemotherapy. Eastside Radiation offers the following treatment options for head and neck cancers: