A member asked:

How will a physician make a diagnosis of head and neck cancer?

7 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Ron Jones answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Here is how: Most any condition which is serous will lead to signs and symtos which will trigger an exam of the site in question and will lead to further testing such as mri, ct, etc. And in the case of cancer a tissue sample for biopsy and pathology examination is always required to make any diagnosis of cancer. Neck lymph node swelling which continues to enlarge and does not go away is common. Dr. J.

Answered 12/24/2012



Thoroughly: The issue or area of concern (e.G a visible neck lump, sore throat, or hoarse voice) will be directly examined by your physician (often by a laryngoscope). The next step is biopsies and scans (ct, mri, pet). The final diagnosis is made by reviewing the biospy specimen by pathologists and sometimes running special tests like the hpv test for viral linked cancer.

Answered 3/24/2020


Dr. Raja Mudad answered

Specializes in Medical Oncology

Biopsy: Typically a biopsy of a lesion if you see one on exam inside the mouth or throat, or a needle biopsy of a lymph node in the neck.

Answered 9/14/2015



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