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About your Sinuses and Nasal passages
Allergic Rhinitis
Balloon Sinus Dilation
Balloon Sinuplasty
Benign Sinus Tumors
Cold, Flu, Allergy, or Sinusitis
Deviated Septum
Empty Nose Syndrome
Endoscopic Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR)
Endoscopic Optic Nerve Decompression
Endoscopic Orbital Decompression
Fibrous Dysplasia
Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS)
Fungal sinusitis
Inverting Papilloma

Management of Cerebralspinal Fluid (CSF) Leak
Nosebleeds
Office Examination & Evaluation
Ossifying Fibroma
Osteoma

Silent Sinus Syndrome
Sinus Cancer
Sinusitis
Treatment of Rhinosinusitis
Turbinate Surgery
Viral Upper Respiratory Infection (URI)
What is a Rhinologist
What is Rhinosinusitis

 

Most head and neck cancers are relatively preventable since they are highly correlated with tobacco use and alcohol consumption. They are also generally curable if caught early. Symptoms to watch out for include pain swallowing, trouble breathing, ear pain, a lump in the neck that lasts longer than two weeks, a growth in the mouth and bleeding from the mouth, nose or throat. Following is a description of cancers of the head and neck:

Hypopharyngeal Cancer

Malignant tissue in the bottom part of the pharynx is called hypopharyngeal cancer. The pharynx is a tube-like structure that goes from the back of the nose down to the windpipe and esophagus. Symptoms include sore throat and ear pain. Hypopharyngeal cancer is usually diagnosed through a physical examination, CT scan , MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), chest x-ray, esophogus x-ray or biopsy. Most hypopharyngeal cancers are squamous cell carcinomas thin flat cells that line the inside of the organ. Unfortunately, this cancer tends to be detected in later stages because early symptoms are rare. This cancer typically requires surgery to remove the malignant tissue, followed by radiation and/or chemotherapy treatment.

Laryngeal Cancer

Laryngeal cancer occurs when there is malignant tissue in the larynx. Symptoms include pain swallowing, trouble breathing, ear pain, a lump in the neck, persistent coughing, hoarseness and/or a change in voice. Over 90 percent of laryngeal cancers are squamous cell carcinomas, which respond well to surgery and radiation and/or chemotherapy.