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ead and Neck Cancer

Head and Neck Cancer at a Glance
Head and neck cancer develops in the head or neck region of the body, such as the mouth, nose, sinuses, lips, salivary glands, throat or larynx (voice box).

Diagnosis
If you have a symptom or a test result that suggests head or neck cancer, your doctor may order additional tests or procedures, including:
  • biopsy – a procedure in which tissue samples are removed (with a needle or during surgery) from the body for examination under a microscope to determine if cancer or other abnormal cells are present
  • CT or CAT scan – imaging that uses a combination of x-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images
  • ultrasonography – a diagnostic imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of the internal organs
  • MRI – a noninvasive procedure that uses large magnets, radiofrequencies and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body, especially the brain and spinal cord
  • endoscopic procedures – ways to view and examine the nasal cavity, mouth, throat, esophagus, and larynx
Treatment
Our expert physicians provide a range of advanced, multidisciplinary healing therapies using state-of-the-art technology, including:
  • surgery to remove specific types of tumors. This may inclue:
    • primary tumor resection – including tumors of the oral cavity, tougue, throat, larynx (voicebox), sinus and other tumors of the head and neck region 
    • lymph node resection – preserving form and function 
    • minimally invasive endoscopic surgery 
    • reconstructive surgery after tumor resection 
  • radiation therapy
  • chemotherapy

Contact us at 203-384-3904 or cancerresources@bpthosp.org.