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how are head and neck cancers diagnosed?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
29 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Detailed workup: Typically symptoms or signs raise suspicion (neck lump, oral ulcer, hoarseness, swallowing difficulty, local pain, etc.). A careful exam by an ENT doctor (can include exam by a scope such as laryngoscopy) followed by biopsies of concerned areas is a start. Ct or MRI scans are also usually done. Diagnosis is confirmed upon pathology review.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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Dr. William Lizarraga
15 years experience Internal Medicine
History, phys, scans: Typically a patient will present to their doctors with a history of a mass or growth in their head or neck they noticed or that someone else has noticed. Physical exams will confirm this finding and ct scans and biopsies will usually then be ordered to confirm the diagnosis of the head and neck cancer.
Answered on Aug 4, 2015
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