A 38-year-old member asked:
is head and neck cancer easy to treat? can it usually be cured?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Dennis Diaz answered
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Challenge: The treatment of head and neck cancer often involves surgery, radiation therapy and/or chemotheapy either alone or most often in combination. Most are managed by a multidisiplinary team consisiting of surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, swallowing and voice therapists, social workers among others. There are many successes in the treatment of head and neck cancers these days.
Answered on Nov 6, 2012
Dr. Ritesh Rathore answered
29 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Tough therapy: Head/neck cancer therapy is tough with need for surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy (one or all three). Rehab and recovery usually take 3-6 months minimum with sometimes permanent side effects. Early (stage 1-2) cancers have high cure rates; regional cancers spread to the neck have cure rates of 40-50%; cancer with distant spread is incurable though.
Answered on Dec 8, 2016
Dr. Hassan Arshad answered
15 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Depends: It depends on many things including the type of cancer, location, stage, overall health of the patient and other factors. The earlier the cancer is found, the higher the chance for a cure. In general, early head and neck cancers can be treated with surgery or radiation. Advanced cancers usually need a combination of treatments like surgery and postoperative radiation (+/- chemo) or chemoradiation.
Answered on Mar 24, 2020
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