Evaluating and Treating Head and Neck Cancers

Head and neck cancers include a range of different cancers affecting the mouth, throat, and glands. At Southern ENT Associates, our board-certified, fellowship-trained specialists are very experienced in addressing head and neck cancers with the most advanced diagnostic and surgical techniques. Restoring your health is our priority.

Are You Experiencing Symptoms That Worry You?

If you're experiencing persistent symptoms that raise concerns about head or neck cancer, it's essential to seek a medical evaluation immediately. Symptoms like unexplained lumps, persistent hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, or voice changes should not be ignored. If you notice any of these indicators, reach out to Southern ENT Associates today.

Our experienced specialists are here to provide a thorough evaluation, guiding you through the process with genuine compassion. Early detection is vital to restoring health, and we're committed to addressing your concerns and ensuring personalized care. Your health is our priority.

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Types of Head and Neck Cancers

Each type of head and neck cancer has specific symptoms. Your ENT specialist at Southern ENT Associates has extensive experience in treating a range of head and neck cancers and will craft a treatment plan to match your unique needs. Your ENT has the expertise to make sure your treatment is right for you. The types of head and neck cancers we treat include the following: 

Oral Cavity Cancer

Affects the mouth, including the lips, the inside lining of the cheeks and lips, teeth, gums, the front two-thirds of the tongue, the floor of the mouth, and the hard palate. The condition may be linked to tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and HPV infection, or appear without an obvious cause.

Oropharyngeal Cancer

Involves the oropharynx, which includes the back one-third of the tongue, soft palate, tonsils, and the side and back walls of the throat—increasingly associated with HPV infections, presenting challenges in both diagnosis and treatment.

Hypopharyngeal Cancer

Affects the hypopharynx, the lower part of the throat surrounding the larynx, contributing to voice, breathing, and swallowing functions. These cancers may be linked to smoking and alcohol use or appear without a known reason. The symptoms may not become evident until the later stages.

Laryngeal Cancer

Originates in the larynx or voice box, which is responsible for breathing, speaking, and swallowing. Key risk factors include smoking, alcohol use, and exposure to certain environmental toxins.

Salivary Gland Cancer

Arises in any of the salivary glands in the mouth, neck, or throat. There are several types of salivary gland cancers, varying widely in their aggressiveness, with treatment depending on the specific type and stage.

Nasopharyngeal Cancer

Occurs in the nasopharynx, the area where the back part of the nose opens into the upper throat. Strongly associated with the Epstein-Barr virus, with prevalence varying significantly by geographic location and ethnicity.

These cancers are collectively grouped due to their location in the head and neck region, but each type has unique characteristics, risk factors, and treatment approaches. Early detection and specialized care are crucial for improving outcomes and preserving the quality of life for individuals affected by these cancers.

Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cancer

Targets the nasal cavity and the paranasal sinuses. Symptoms may mimic common respiratory conditions, leading to challenges in early detection. Risk factors include exposure to certain chemicals and dust in the workplace.

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What Can I Expect at My First Appointment?

When you arrive at Southern ENT Associates, the first step is a comprehensive evaluation. Our ear, nose, and throat surgeons will conduct thorough examinations, including imaging tests and biopsies, to pinpoint the specifics of your condition. Once a diagnosis is complete, your ENT will discuss the findings with you, explaining the type and stage of the cancer and your treatment options. 

Will I Need Surgery?

Surgery is not always the first or only treatment option for head and neck cancers. The choice of treatment depends on various factors, including the type and stage of the cancer, its location, and your overall health. The type of surgery will reflect factors such as the size and location of the tumor and whether it has spread to nearby tissues or lymph nodes. 

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The Surgical Procedure: What to Expect

At Southern ENT Associates, our approach to head and neck cancer surgeries is all about tailoring the plan to fit your unique situation. The type, location, and stage of the cancer guide us in planning the best surgical method. Our talented ENT surgeons plan surgeries geared to protect functions like talking and swallowing. After surgery, we focus on ensuring your recovery is as swift as possible and uneventful. No matter the complexity, Southern ENT Associates is here for you with personalized care and support.

A Compassionate and Supportive Environment

At Southern ENT Associates, our specialists are not just experts; they're dedicated professionals with a deep understanding of the complexities of head and neck cancers. Your treatment plan will be crafted with precision to address your unique needs. We provide not just medical expertise but a compassionate and supportive environment tailored to your cancer care. You deserve the best – choose Southern ENT Associates for unmatched care and expertise.

With 6 convenient locations in Southern Louisiana, we make accessing the treatment you need easy.

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