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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

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

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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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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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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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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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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Staging (Definition)

Many diseases have specific treatments based on their severity. A disease can have certain criteria to determine their severity and applying this criteria to determine how advanced the disease state is called staging. Most commonly this is applied to cancer, and be determining how far the cancer has spread locally and/or to distant sites a stage of cancer can be ...Read more


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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! the image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more