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How are head and neck cancers diagnosed?
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Dr. William Lizarraga
Internal Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Lizarraga
Dr. William Lizarraga
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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Detailed workup
Typically symptoms or signs raise suspicion (neck lump, oral ulcer, hoarseness, swallowing difficulty, local pain, etc.
). A careful exam by an ENT doctor (can include exam by a scope such as laryngoscopy) followed by biopsies of concerned areas is a start. Ct or MRI scans are also usually done. Diagnosis is confirmed upon pathology review.

In brief: Detailed workup
Typically symptoms or signs raise suspicion (neck lump, oral ulcer, hoarseness, swallowing difficulty, local pain, etc.
). A careful exam by an ENT doctor (can include exam by a scope such as laryngoscopy) followed by biopsies of concerned areas is a start. Ct or MRI scans are also usually done. Diagnosis is confirmed upon pathology review.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
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