Head and neck cancer is a term used to describe a number of different malignant tumors that develop in or around the throat, larynx, nose, sinuses, and mouthMost head and neck cancers are squamous cell carcinomas. This type of cancer begins in the flat, squamous cells that make up the thin layer of tissue on the surface of the structures in the head and neck. Directly beneath this lining, which is called the epithelium, some areas of the head and neck have a layer of moist tissue, called the mucosa. If a cancer is limited to the squamous layer of cells, it is called carcinoma in situ. If the cancer has grown beyond this cell layer and moved into the deeper tissue, then it is called invasive squamous cell carcinoma.
If a head and neck cancer starts in the salivary glands, the tumor will usually be classified as an adenocarcinoma, adenoid cystic carcinoma, or mucoepidermoid carcinoma.
Difficult cases of H & N diseases are consulted by our “MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM” which includes H & N and Fasciomaxillary Surgeons, Radiologist, Interventional Radiologist, Pathologist, Medical Oncologist, Radiation Oncologist, Plastic Surgeon, Nuclear Medicine Physician, Supportive Team and Molecular Genetics Team, that meet regularly.
Plastic Surgery reconstruction, including, flaps whether rotation or free vascular flap, are integral part of our center.
Head and Neck Cancer Information
- AJCC American Joint Committee on C�ncer
- Head and Neck Cancer Information
- Goiter Information
- Thyroid Nodules Information
- Thyroid Cancer Information
- Thyroid Surgery Information
- Parathyroid Surgery Information
- Port Placement in Cancer Patients
- Nutrition in Cancer Patients
- Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)
Types of Head and Neck Cancer
- Laryngeal and Hypopharyngeal Cancer
The larynx is commonly called the voice box. It is a tube-shaped organ in the neck that is important for breathing, talking, and swallowing. It is located at the top of the windpipe, or trachea. The hypopharynx is also called the gullet. It is the lower part of the throat that surrounds the larynx.
- Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cancer
The nasal cavity is the space just behind the nose where air passes on its way to the throat. The paranasal sinuses are the air-filled areas that surround the nasal cavity.
- Nasopharyngeal Cancer
The nasopharynx is the air passageway at the upper part of the throat behind the nose.
- Oral and Oropharyngeal Cancer
The oral cavity includes the mouth and tongue. The oropharynx includes the middle of the throat from the tonsils to the tip of the voice box.
- Salivary Gland Cancer
The salivary gland is tissue that produces saliva, which is the fluid that is released into the mouth to keep it moist and that contains enzymes that begin breaking down food.
Head & Neck Oncology and Cancer Points of Interest to Patients
- Tongue cancer
- Base of tongue
- Parotid tumor
- Buccal tumors
- Center of Excellence
- Molecular pathology
- Genetic testing
- Direct laryngoscopy
- Neoadjuvant treatment
- Salvage surgery
- Neck dissections
- Laser therapy
- Speech therapy
- Feeding and nutrition
- Pharyngeal wall cancer
- Piriform sinus
- Pull up surgery
- Free microvascular flap
- Lip reconstruction
- Maxillary tumors
- Sinus tumors
- Orbital tumors
- Smoking and drinking
- Adenoid cystic tumors
- Minor salivary glands
- Mucoepidermoid cancer
- Thyroid and parathyroid surgery
Pictures of Recently Performed Surgeries
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