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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

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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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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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?

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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What is the definition or description of: Head and neck cancer?

What is the definition or description of: Head and neck cancer?

Mass: It is growing mass that could be causing headache, and could diagnose with biopsy on neck mass or CT /MRI of head ...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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Is anyone enrolled in the multikine trial for head and neck cancer?

Is anyone enrolled in the multikine trial for head and neck cancer?

Check website: I believe you are asking about this trial. Please check out this website for more info and participating institutions.

http://clinicaltrials. Gov/ct2/show/nct01265849? term=multikine+head+and+neck;rank=1. ...Read more

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For what length of time can a person live with head and neck cancer?

Cancer: Life expectancy is really based on the cancer type, the amount of spread and the response to treatment given. The oncologist treating this disorder would be the best source of information in answering this question. ...Read more

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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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What advice can you offer to help me live with the effects of head and neck cancer?

What advice can you offer to help me live with the effects of head and neck cancer?

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 more

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If I have a lump on my neck, should I be worried about head and neck cancer?

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 more

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Head and neck cancer use mouthwash more than toothpaste?

Head and neck cancer use mouthwash more than toothpaste?

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 more

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How will a physician make a diagnosis of head and neck cancer?

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 more

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What to do if I have head and neck cancer survivors with arm pain and numbness?

Have them evaluated: Could be something compressing a nerve in the cervical spine, since they have a hx of cancer they will likely require imaging such as MRI of cervical spine. ...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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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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What's the prognosis for someone who had head and neck cancer that could not all be removed at surgery?

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 more

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After surgery for head and neck cancer, how long before you could eat solid food again?

After surgery for head and neck cancer, how long before you could eat solid food again?

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 more

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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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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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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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Does meningitis suggest the possibility of malignancy of a head or neck cancer?

Does meningitis suggest the possibility of malignancy of a head or neck cancer?

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 more

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Will keeping my cellphone under my pillow eventually give me head or neck cancer?

Not that we know: There has been no proven information that cancer is caused be cellphones. However why take the chance and don't put it under your pillow. ...Read more

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Are frequent and intense migraines reason to worry that I might have head or neck cancer?

Are frequent and intense migraines reason to worry that I might have head or neck cancer?

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 more

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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

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Random pain and blurriness in one eye...have had stage 4 head & neck cancer in the past, so kind of worries me.

Random pain and blurriness in one eye...have had stage 4 head & neck cancer in the past, so kind of worries me.

See eye MD: Go to see an eye doctor to be examined. No more restless night, thinking and assuming about something that is unknown. Make an appointment wit eye doctor and go to see your oncologist to discuss this problem as well. ...Read more

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Besides the head and brain does a neurologist also deal with neck cancer and all?

Besides the head and brain does a neurologist also deal with neck cancer and all?

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 more