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Dr. Hassan Arshad
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Head And Neck Cancer (Overview)

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
168 doctors shared insights

Head And Neck Cancer (Overview)

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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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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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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Since surgery is a frequently used in treating head and neck cancers, is there a risk of disfigurement?

Yes: Yes, significant risk, depending on the area of the cancer. The best way to treat these cancers would be at a major medical center, where cancer resection and reconstruction can often be done during the same procedure. In your area - Stanford Medical Center. ...Read more

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How effective is radiation treatment for squamous cell head and neck cancer?

How effective is radiation treatment for squamous cell head and neck cancer?

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 cancer surgeon and radiation oncologist should be able to help you. ...Read more

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After head and neck cancer treatment, how long will it be before I can eat solid food again?

After head and neck cancer treatment, how long will it be before I can eat solid food again?

Depends type of surg: Depends on the type and extent of surgery, like thyroid, or parotid gland cancer will be eating by next day, on the other hand jaw, or tongue, or voice box is removed, takes wks to heal and swelling to subside and will able to eat solid foods. ...Read more

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Is head and neck cancer hereditary?

Is head and neck cancer hereditary?

Usually not: Head/neck cancers are typically environmentally driven- smoking, alcohol, tobacoo chewing, virus infections (hpv and ebv virus) are the causative factors. Some head/neck cancers such as thyroid cancers can be hereditary though. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for head and neck cancer?

Who is at risk for head and neck cancer?

SMOKERS: Smoking and drinking are the biggest risk factors for head and neck cancer. Chewing tobacco also increases the risk. Human papilloma virus is now becoming another risk factor. ...Read more

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I have various symptoms to do with my head and neck.

I have various symptoms to do with my head and neck.

More details: Please more specific details like what these symptoms are, severity, duration, anything that you think will help the docs help you. Feel free to repost. ...Read more

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Is head and neck cancer hereditary?

Usually not: Head/neck cancers are typically environmentally driven- smoking, alcohol, tobacoo chewing, virus infections (hpv and ebv virus) are the causative factors. Some head/neck cancers such as thyroid cancers can be hereditary though. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for head and neck cancer?

SMOKERS: Smoking and drinking are the biggest risk factors for head and neck cancer. Chewing tobacco also increases the risk. Human papilloma virus is now becoming another risk factor. ...Read more

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What are the types of head and neck cancer?

What are the types of head and neck cancer?

Many: The world health organization shows about 28 different types of salivary gland tumors, 35 thyroid gland tumors, 40 sinonasal tract tumors, about 18 larynx tumors, a dozen or more ear tumors. So -- while squamous cell carcinoma accounts for the majority of tumors, there are "hundreds" of tumor types in the head and neck. ...Read more

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Can there be a proper name for head and neck cancer?

Can there be a proper name for head and neck cancer?

No: Head and neck cancer includes all cancer that can occur in the head and neck region excluding the brain. It includes all skin cancers, lymphoma, sarcoma, sqamous cell carcinoma and many others. ...Read more

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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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Just found out friend has head and neck cancer so what is outcome?

Just found out friend has head and neck cancer so what is outcome?

Depends: Outcomes in head and neck cancer depend on the overall stage of the cancer. Staging is dependent on tumor size, lymph nodes involved, if the tumor has spread, and other factors. ...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