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Dr. Hassan Arshad

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Buffalo, NY
17 years experience male

Locations

Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Buffalo, NY

Address

Elm and Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY, US
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Independent Health Association

Medicare

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

UnitedHealthcare

About

Bio

I am a head and neck cancer surgeon. I also specialize in reconstruction of the head and neck, transoral robotic surgery or TORS, endoscopic skull base surgery and photodynamic therapy of head and neck cancers.

Specialties
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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

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Head and Neck Surgery

Surgical Oncology

Doctor Q&A

121 Answers
59 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Treatment: Selective neck dissection is removal of lymph nodes in an anatomic region of the neck, determined by where the primary cancer is located. For certain ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Get treatment!: I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis. You should get treatment at a center that has specialists for head and neck cancer, typically an academic hosp... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Have it checked: If you notice something abnormal about your tonsil, have it checked by your doctor. Your primary care doctor is a good place to start but if you're st... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Talk to your doctor: It's best to talk to the doctor that ordered the ultrasound. Only he/she knows your history and can put the results in context with your situation.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Stage 4: When melanoma has spread to the brain or liver, it is stage 4. Left alone long enough, stage 3 will become stage 4.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Other skin cancer: that means the 2 more common skin cancers: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Depends: If the cancer is isolated to the vocal cord, it can be treated with surgery alone. Often times, this is done by laser surgery through the mouth (rathe... Read More
A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Depends on stage : Survival depends on several factors including the location and stage of cancer.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Not really used : The daVinci robot is not typically used for oral cancers. It's main use for head and neck cancers is for tonsils, base of tongue, and certain lar... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Several: The most common presenting sign is a neck mass (which means that the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes). Some other signs are fluid in one ear, nas... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Depends on stage : Very early laryngeal cancers can be treated with surgery or radiation alone. In advanced stages, surgery with radiation after (+/- chemo) or chemo +r... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Risks for tonsil ca: The risk factors for tonsil cancer are tobacco, alcohol use, and hpv (although most adults have been exposed to hpv and don't get cancer).One of the i... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Have it checked: Lumps in the neck can be caused by a number of things ranging from from benign (like lymph nodes responding to an infection, cysts, or non-cancerous t... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Not recommended : There are several types of thyroid cancer, with some being slower growing than others. Thyroid cancer should be treated, however, unless there is a ma... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Have it checked: Lumps in the neck can be caused by a number of things ranging from from benign (like lymph nodes responding to an infection, cysts, or non-cancerous t... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Tonsilloliths: These are likely tonsilloliths (tonsil stones). The tonsils have crevices where bacteria and sloughed cells collect. Your description is very typical ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Type of treatment: Photodynamic therapy (pdt) uses a drug, called a photosensitizer, and a light to kill cancer cells. Depending on the type of cancer, the drug is appl... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Tobacco, alcohol: The majority of people who get tongue cancer have a strong history of tobacco use (either smoking or chewing) and/or alcohol use. The best thing you ... Read More
A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
FNA needed: Calcifications themselves do not necessarily mean that there is cancer. The best course of action is to proceed with the fna (fine needle aspiration o... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Possible: Stridor with a tracheostomy tube in place implies obstruction, either in the tube or in the trachea below. Another cause could be the tube not being i... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Yes: Cervical lymphadenopathy (enlarged lymph nodes in the neck) can be caused by several things. They range from benign ( such as an infection) to serious... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Sometimes : Lumps in the neck can be caused by a number of things. They range from benign (like lymph nodes responding to an infection, cysts, or non-cancerous tu... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Any number of things: Lumps in the neck can be caused by a number of things. They range from benign (like lymph nodes responding to an infection, cysts, or non-cancerous tu... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Maybe: There are several constructive options including local flaps, free flaps ( if it's a big hole) or an obturator (prosthesis that plugs the hole).
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Several ways: Throat cancers are caused by tobacco and alcohol use and the human papilloma virus, hpv. To help prevent it, eliminate tobacco use and moderate alcoho... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Nodules and cancer: Nodules by definition are benign (not cancerous). You can think of them like callouses on both vocal cords, typically from voice abuse. They do not tu... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Have it checked: Lumps in the neck can be caused by a number of things ranging from from benign (like lymph nodes responding to an infection, cysts, or non-cancerous t... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Sun exposure: Melanoma is mainly caused by sun exposure (this includes tanning beds). People with fair skin are more prone to developing it. There are also some ra... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Treat it!: The only way to stop it from progressing is to treat it. There are surgical and non-surgical options, depending on your stage and other factors. Pleas... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Any number of things: Lumps in the neck can be caused by a number of things. They range from benign (like lymph nodes responding to an infection, cysts, or non-cancerous tu... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
See specialist : The cavernous sinus is a small area in the center of your head through which some of the cranial nerves pass. A mass there may or may not cause sympto... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Have it worked up: Lumps in the neck can be caused by a number of things. They range from benign (like lymph nodes responding to an infection, cysts, or non-cancerous tu... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Depends what for: Photodynamic therapy (pdt) uses a drug, called a photosensitizer, and a light to kill cancer cells. Depending on the type of cancer, the drug is appl... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
It's a procedure: Microlaryngoscopy refers to a procedure where a patient is put to sleep and a Laryngoscope (sort of a hollow tube) is placed in the mouth. The voice... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Depends: That depends on how advanced it is locally and if it has spread to other organs like the lungs. Also depends on overall health of the person. If this ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Depends: Head and neck cancer is very complex and treatments vary depending on where it is and also what stage it is (among other things). Your head and neck ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Skull base tumors : The sphenoid is a sinus (empty space surrounded by bone) located in the center of the head, at the base of the skull. Certain brain tumors, such as pi... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Check website: I believe you are asking about this trial. Please check out this website for more info and participating institutions. http://clinicaltrials.gov/c... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Biopsy: The only way to get a definitive answer is by doing a biopsy. This means that the doctor takes a piece of the suspected cancer and has it analyzed by ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Slight chance: One of the risks of thyroid surgery is injuring the nerve to the vocal cord. This can result in hoarseness. However, for an experienced thyroid surgeo... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Depends on type: Stage 3 implies metastasis to lymph nodes. Usually surgery is indicated. Then, depending on the results of the surgery and specific type of cancer, ra... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Surgery: A neck dissection is surgery to remove lymph nodes in the neck. It is done when cancer has spread to the neck lymph nodes or when the chance is high ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Depends on cause: Getting rid of an earache involves treating the underlying problem. It can be caused by something in/around the ear or, more commonly, referred from s... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Thyroid cancer: The most common types of thyroid cancer are treated with surgery and a dose of radio-iodine after the surgery (depending on certain features of the ca... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Support: The cartilage rings (which aren't really rings because they don't go all the way around) give support to the trachea so it doesn't collapse during res... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Yes: Cancer could appear in the skin or glands of the eyebrow region. If you suspect something, have it checked by your doctor or dermatologist soon.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Surgery: A radical neck dissection is a surgery that removes a large area of lymph nodes along with 3 other structures in the neck. It is done for cancers that... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Possibly : Smoking causes changes to the larynx (voice box), some of which are reversible and some that are not. If you have changes to your vocal cords from smo... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Physical exam: Psychiatrists are physicians as well. Sometimes they need to do a physical exam to ensure that the patient's psychiatric symptoms are not due to a me... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 17 years experience
Biopsy: Ideally you would want a positive biopsy before committing to a total laryngectomy. If there is high clinical suspicion, thin-cut neck CT with contras... Read More

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Apr 7, 2014
I highly recommend Dr Hassan Arshad, he provides accurate and succinct answers and takes the time to research other doctor's responses. Dr Don E. Millner MAGD FICOI
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Arshad is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Arshad is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Have a friend who is having this procedure. He suffered a stroke and his lungs are obstructed somewhat
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you so much for answering my question about the enlarged sub mandibular lymph node.
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Thanks for your quick reply! I'm scared. Thank you. Can't c dentist for 2 weeks. :( worried :(

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Wayne State University School of Medicine, MI
Graduated 2005MD

Residency

West Virginia University Hospital

Awards

Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Affiliations

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
American Medical Association
Buffalo Otolaryngological Society
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