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What are the chances of surviving a diagnosis of head and neck cancer?
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Varied
There are many factors that help determine survivability in head and neck cancer.
The type of cancer, its location in the head and neck, the size at time of diagnosis, presence or abscence of lymph nodes, smoking and alcohol status among others (presence of family/social support) are helpful determiners of survival.

In brief: Varied
There are many factors that help determine survivability in head and neck cancer.
The type of cancer, its location in the head and neck, the size at time of diagnosis, presence or abscence of lymph nodes, smoking and alcohol status among others (presence of family/social support) are helpful determiners of survival.
Dr. Dennis Diaz
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Dr. Raja Mudad
Internal Medicine - Oncology
In brief: Several Factors
Several factors determine that.
Location of tumor (larynx versus other sites), stage of the cancer, hpv status and ability to get adequate treatment in full. Bottom line is this cancer is very curable.

In brief: Several Factors
Several factors determine that.
Location of tumor (larynx versus other sites), stage of the cancer, hpv status and ability to get adequate treatment in full. Bottom line is this cancer is very curable.
Dr. Raja Mudad
Dr. Raja Mudad
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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
In brief: Variable
Depends mostly on stage and then on cancer type, location, patient performance level, alcohol and smoking history.
Early head/neck cancers are localised and have high cure rates; regional spread of cancers reduces the survival rates to 40-50%; cancer that has spread to other organs typically is incurable with survival less thatn a year on average.

In brief: Variable
Depends mostly on stage and then on cancer type, location, patient performance level, alcohol and smoking history.
Early head/neck cancers are localised and have high cure rates; regional spread of cancers reduces the survival rates to 40-50%; cancer that has spread to other organs typically is incurable with survival less thatn a year on average.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
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