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Head And Neck Cancer Signs
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Many options: Living after treatment requires attention to rehabilitation (swallowing & speech therapy, voice prosthesis if needed); supportive care for chronic side effects (salagen or exovac for mouth dryness, neck or oral exercises for radiation side effects); long-term dental and oral care; lifestyle changes (diet modification- less fat/red meat, more veggies; quit alcohol & smoking; regular exercise, etc). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Use both: It is extremely important to keep your mouth healthy during cancer treatment. You should brush 3 times a day floss 2 times a day and ask your dentist for a flouride gel or mouthwash with flouride in it. Act rinse or the generic equivalent is in drug stores over the counter. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not always: A lump in the neck can be due to infection, fatty tumor, enlarged salivary gland, and sometimes due to cancer too. A lump which continues to grow in a high-risk person (male, smoker, alcohol user, tobacco chewing, poor oral hygiene/dentition) without any signs of infection should raise concerns. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is the average life expectancy or duration life for a head and neck cancer patient who has been treated with radiation?
There is a solitary focus of increased activity in left lateral rib. I have head and neck cancer. Is it possible that my cancer has spread to my bone?
Yes, near completely: Head and neck Cancer is easy to diagnose even without a CT scan because it can be seen with a naked eye and felt with the hands of the expert doctor. CT may reveal the actual size better, and also show some of the deeper cancers. With a negative CT scan we can be 98% certain that there is no significant cancer left undetected. ...Read more
What's the prognosis for someone who had head and neck cancer that could not all be removed at surgery?
Not as good: Unresectable or partially resected head/neck cancer can be effectively treated with combined chemotherapy & radiotherapy in most cases; however, the results are not as good as desired. Generally, it is harder to get a complete response to treatment and often the cancer recurrs locally or spreads elsewhere. Close follow-up is required and long-term survivors in 20-40% cases are present. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Depends on the what structures are being operated on and how much reconstruction needs to be done. Extensive surgery involving the tongue, base of tongue, back of throat (oropharynx/hypopharynx) and larynx (voice box) will take longer to heal and therefore more time needed before you are back to eating solid food easily. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: I can conjure a specific odd situation where it could, but meningitis is bacterial, common in kids with specific bacteria, and epidemically with mengococcus. There are also terminal phases of some malignancies where malignant cells infest the meninges and cause symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: Have you officially been diagnosed with migraine headaches? Has the frequency or severity changed and gotten worse lately? Do the headaches wake you from sleep and are unrelieved by pain meds? It is difficult to say without knowing more about your situation. This is why it is vital to get a diagnosis from a physician, to make certain it is not something else. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
6 weeks after cancer treatment of neck cancer, there is a knot on the back of my head. should i be concerned? follow up visit in 2 weeks. thx.
Have it checked.: Is this knot new or was there before? Mention this to your doctor in your follow-up visit and have it checked. ...Read more
Random pain and blurriness in one eye...have had stage 4 head & neck cancer in the past, so kind of worries me.
The "NEUR" in: Neurologist deals with nervous system, central: brain and spinal cord, peripheral, all the other motor and sensory nerves in the body, and autonomic (sympathetic and parasympathetic) - swallowing, heart beat, bladder and sexual control. And neurosurgeons operat on these tissues when needed.More than brain and neck, whole body nervous system and diseases. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Is a common cold or the flu likely to reduce affect immune system sufficiently to allow the recurrence of a head/neck cancer?
Does oral and anal sex really cause head/neck cancer as well as anal cancer? Are there risks involved if both parties are HPV free and monagomous?
Yes: Anal cancer and some types of head/neck cancer (mainly tonsil) are caused by hpv. If both parties are hpv free and monogamous then the risk would likely decrease, however studies of cervical samples in female college students show a very high rate of exposure at some point. So, monogamy at present wouldn't necessarily mean that there hadn't been prior exposure. ...Read more
My dentures are ill fitting and I talked alot more than normal today. My nose is tingling on the tip , I thbk its from my dentures rubbing where my front teeth were. Can this be the cause or do I automatically have head \ neck cancer?
Follow up to previous ques, have lentil size bump directly behind/under ear, deep inside skin. If a cyst how long until it goes away? Not neck cancer?
Lymph nodes node: if you have a lump under your ear right on the bone then it is a periauricular lymph node. If it is 1 cm or smaller then continue to observe. Although neck cancel can cause lymph node Sao could an infected ear piercing and skin cancer like melanoma. Your doctor will look at your hair and evaluate. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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