Head and neck cancer screening and diagnosis
If you are dealing with any of the above symptoms, your doctor will evaluate your medical history, perform a physical examination, and order diagnostic tests to determine the cause. These exams and tests could vary based on the symptoms displayed. To diagnose any form of head and neck cancer, it is necessary to examine a tissue sample under a microscope.
Once cancer is diagnosed, your doctor will perform an exam, order X-rays and other imaging procedures, and laboratory tests to determine the stage of the cancer. Once this is discerned, your medical team can plan a treatment strategy.
Head and neck cancer treatment and surgery
Each patient’s treatment depends on many factors, including the stage of cancer, location of the tumor, and the patient’s age and overall health. Treatment options for head and neck cancer include radiation therapy, surgery, chemotherapy, or a combination of these and other procedures.