At Mercy Health, our highly skilled surgical oncologists can remove many common types of cancer found throughout the head and neck. The most common sites of head and neck tumors are the larynx, the oral cavity (the tongue, floor of mouth, hard palate, buccal mucosa, and alveolar ridges) and the oropharynx (the base of tongue, tonsils, and soft palate). Secondary location where head and neck cancer commonly occurs include the nasopharynx, nasal cavity, paranasal sinuses, hypopharynx and salivary glands. Over 85% of head and neck cancer patients have a history of smoking, alcohol use or tobacco use, so avoiding these things is one of the easiest ways to lower your chances of suffering from these cancers.
Symptoms of a head or neck tumor include a lump or sore in the area that does not heal or disappear, a sore throat that won’t go away, trouble swallowing and a change or hoarseness of the voice. If you believe that you have developed cancer of the head or neck, it is important to see a specialist right away, as many of these cancers are curable when discovered early. Our ear, nose and throat specialists can provide testing to diagnose if you have cancer and recommend treatment tailored to your needs.
Services We Offer
- Cordectomy – removing part of all of the vocal cords
- Laryngectomy – removing part of or the entire larynx
- Lymph node removal
- Pharyngectomy – removing part of or the entire throat
- Tracheotomy – creating a new airway path through the trachea
- Vocal cord stripping
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