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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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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


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Can head and neck cancers metastasize to breasts?

Can head and neck cancers metastasize to breasts?

Not common: This is not common but sometimes they do metastasize to the chest wall and breast skin/ tissues. ...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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Any head and neck surgeons here?

Any head and neck surgeons here?

Plenty: There are plenty of renowned head and neck surgeons on this panel , you have to ask right question to get the proper answer(s). ...Read more

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Can a CT scan of head and neck completely rule out neck cancer?

Can a CT scan of head and neck completely rule out neck cancer?

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

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I am post head and neck surgery and radiation for SCC of my upper jaw and palate. My CT shows Otomastoid opacification on that side. How is that treat?

I am post head and neck surgery and radiation for SCC of my upper jaw and palate. My CT shows Otomastoid opacification on that side. How is that treat?

Depends on cause.: We have to know your symptoms & look at the CT scan (often examine ears as well) to come to a diagnosis. You've described the CT appearance (darkened mastoid cells) but the CAUSE was not mentioned. Is it an infection? Treat it with antibiotics. Is it from an allergic reaction? Treat with antihistamines. Is it from radiation? Hyperbaric oxygen is only known treatment for late effects of radiation. ...Read more

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How are head and neck cancers diagnosed?

How are head and neck cancers diagnosed?

History, phys, scans: Typically a patient will present to their doctors with a history of a mass or growth in their head or neck they noticed or that someone else has noticed. Physical exams will confirm this finding and ct scans and biopsies will usually then be ordered to confirm the diagnosis of the head and neck cancer. ...Read more

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Are head and neck cancers always terminal?

Are head and neck cancers always terminal?

Head and neck cancer: Head and neck cancers span a wide range of sites and cancer types with several causes. Depending on the site and type of cancer, many people are cured or do quite well. Several details about the cancer will substratify it into one with a more or less favorable prognosis if you know more specifically what type of cancer and its location. ...Read more

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Can a bone in neck appearing on MRI require neck surgery. ?

Can a bone in neck appearing on MRI require neck surgery. ?

Could be: It depend on the bone and what's wrong with it. I see in your profile you mentionned "broken clavicle". If you have a simple fracture, it may be treated conservatively. If the fracture is comminuted, infected or articular, surgery may be the best way to treat. ...Read more

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Neck and supraclavicular swelling 2 years after breast cancer treatment?

Neck and supraclavicular swelling 2 years after breast cancer treatment?

Do not assume: This is best answered by your doctors who are members of you oncology team. You need an immediate appointment and imaging to get this figured out. It could be tumor or late radiation effects or other non breast cancer conditions. Good luck and please call your doctor. ...Read more

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Post neck dissection and head lesion removal. Mets from head to neck. Path results: malignant epithelioid and spindle cell neoplasm-english please. ?

Post neck dissection and head lesion removal. Mets from head to neck. Path results: malignant epithelioid and spindle cell neoplasm-english please. ?

Provisional: This is a preliminary report while the pathologist does more work to get the exact nature of the tumor settled down. I suspect this will turn out to be a carcinosarcoma. This is a difficult case and your physician will probably want several pathologists' signatures on the final report. ...Read more

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Strong neck spasm with tongue pain after quick movement of neck. Now pain in Low Ri head/up Ri neck with feeling of bugs on head. What to do now?

Strong neck spasm with tongue pain after quick movement of neck. Now pain in Low Ri head/up Ri neck with feeling of bugs on head. What to do now?

More info needed: Thanks for your question! To me it sounds like a condition known as torticollis. In severe cases of muscle spasm, muscle relaxers and even sedatives are often needed to provide relief. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What should I expect after radiation therapy for head and neck cancer?

What should I expect after radiation therapy for head and neck cancer?

Dry mouth: Depending on the radiation field.. Dry mouth is very common, hoarseness, and tightening of the skin of the neck. Sometimes difficulty swallowing. ...Read more

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Throat cancer cause pain to neck and shoulder?

Throat cancer cause pain to neck and shoulder?

In advanced cases: Advanced tumors of the larynx (voice box) and pharynx (inside of throat) can be associated with enlarged lymph nodes of the neck (which can sometimes be painful) or grow directly into the spinal structures. Persistent pain should be evaluated. A doctor can ask questions about your symptoms and do a physical exam to check for any injuries, illnesses, or activities that may be causing neck pain. ...Read more

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Will throat or neck cancer show on a neck mri?

Will throat or neck cancer show on a neck mri?

Usually: Usually, if the MRI was to look at the neck, and not the cervical spine. Small throat cancers, or cancers without enlarged lymph nodes or masses can be harder to detect. It always helps the radiologist reading and study to have a great clinical history and know what diagnoses the referring clinician and patient are thinking about. ...Read more

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Have soft lump on neck near spine, ringing in ears , fatigue, tightness on neck and occasional headaches?

Have soft lump on neck near spine, ringing in ears , fatigue, tightness on neck and  occasional headaches?

Lump: Size? Duration? Did it appear at same to e as other symptoms? Important that you see your Physician for examination and applicable diagnostic procedures. ...Read more

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What causes arm weakness , lifting causes facial spasm, movement or touching head causes spasms, back of head and neck sore. Mri of brain and neck ok?

What causes arm weakness , lifting causes facial spasm, movement or touching head causes spasms, back of head and neck sore. Mri of brain and neck ok?

Unrelated: Sometimes, with fibromyalgia especially, symptoms may have a non-neurological etiology. Consider having prior imaging re-read and/or redone if none over more than 3 years. Consider treatment for symptoms to decide if neurochemical cause. ...Read more

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Neck pain, shoulder pain, scalp/top of head tingling/prickly feeling. Ear pain. CT and MRI on head normal. Neck cracks when I turn my head. Help!

Neck pain, shoulder pain, scalp/top of head tingling/prickly feeling.  Ear pain.  CT and MRI on head normal.  Neck cracks when I turn my head.  Help!

? Pinched nerve : in your neck area, may not show on imaging studies, rest your neck, non-steroidals as ibuprofen, unless contraindicated, and physical therapy guided by your treating doctor, may take few weeks to recover, the follow up with and conservative therapy will work, if no improvement otherwise, you may need to see a spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon, good luck ...Read more