Head and Neck Cancer is a collective group of cancers that usually start in the squamous cells that form the lining of the mucosal and moist surfaces in head and neck. These squamous cell cancers are called squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck. Common areas where cancer cells thrive are oral cavity, pharynx, larynx and nasal cavity. Symptoms are:
• White or red patches on gums and tongue
• Swelling of the jaw
• Breathing and speech trouble due to affected pharynx
• Pain during swallowing
• Blocked sinuses
• Bleeding nose
• Swelling under the chin
HOW IS HEAD AND NECK CANCER DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the same would be done by an oncology expert who also check you for biopsy and do a CT scan of the head and neck region to check for internal tumours.
HOW IS HEAD AND NECK CANCER TREATED?
A team of oncologists like radiation oncologist, surgical oncologist and maxillofacial prosthodontist collaborate to treat cancer. The success and mode of treatment depends on the stage of cancer.
DID YOU KNOW?
Diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancer in the early stages is crucial in increasing the chances of survival.