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Dr. Hassan Arshad
165 doctors shared insights

Head And Neck Cancer (Overview)

Head and neck cancer includes cancers of the internal and external structures of the face and neck such as mouth, nose, and throat. Usually, the term excludes cancers of the brain, which referred to as brain cancer specifically.


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What are the chances of surviving a diagnosis of head and neck cancer?

What are the chances of surviving a diagnosis of head and neck cancer?

Depends: Head and neck cancer, since it usually presents earlier than other cancers, is in general quite treatable either by surgery, chemotherapy or radiation or a combination. The smaller the lesion the better the cure rates. It is rare for these cancers to be asymptomatic. Hoarseness, throat pain, trouble swallowing, ear pain and throat pain together all are warning symptoms. Smokers and drinkers beware. ...Read more

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Dr. Hassan Arshad
165 doctors shared insights

Head And Neck Cancer (Overview)

Head and neck cancer includes cancers of the internal and external structures of the face and neck such as mouth, nose, and throat. Usually, the term excludes cancers of the brain, which referred to as brain cancer specifically.


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What are the warning signs of head and neck cancers?

What are the warning signs of head and neck cancers?

Common ones: Common signs can be a tip off for underlying head/neck cancer. A sore throat that gets worse despite antibiotics, a neck lump that keeps growing, voice hoarseness that get worse despite rest and therapy, or difficulty swallowing that gets worse are some common situations. General signs (major tiredness, unintentional weight loss) can happen. In pts with smoking & alcohol use the are more worrisome. ...Read more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Tip)

Managing Pain from Cancer

Don't suffer in silence. Tell your cancer doc about your pain level on every visit. ...See more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
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What causes head and neck cancers?

What causes head and neck cancers?

Many Causes: Tobacco smoking and chewing is the largest cause of head/neck cancers. A significant number are caused by viruses (epstein barr virus, human pailoma virus); alcohol and less commonly hereitary factors also play a role. ...Read more

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Is HPV a cause of head and neck cancer and does this mean it is an std?

Is HPV a cause of  head and neck cancer and does this mean it is an std?

Yes: Hpv is one of the factor in oropharyngeal cancers, alcohol and tobacco being more important. It is a sexually transmitted disease but oral infections is acquired usually through kissing, which is generally not considered sexual activity. ...Read more

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Being a Healthy Man (Tip)

Being a Healthy Man

Consider Finasteride to lower prostate cancer risk. It may only affect slow growing cancers. ...See more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
Once
Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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Is head and neck cancer easy to treat? Can it usually be cured?

Is head and neck cancer easy to treat? Can it usually be cured?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more