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The doctors in Wayne Health’s division of Head and Neck Surgery are leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of tumors of the head and neck. Physicians are board-certified Otolaryngologists who have years of experience in the management and rehabilitation of head and neck cancer patients.
Working with medical oncologists and radiation oncologists, our physicians evaluate new patients, review their reports and tests, and discuss their diagnosis and treatment at a Tumor Board meeting at either Karmanos Cancer Institute or Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn, to reach consensus on a treatment approach.
We are skilled in the latest treatment methods, including endoscopic and robotic procedures that are less invasive and help shorten recovery time. Many of our patients are evaluated and treated at Karmanos Cancer Institute or another of our affiliated hospital locations.
Our primary focus is on providing outstanding patient care. Our physicians believe it is important for patients to play an active role in their diagnosis and treatment.
People with head and neck cancer often experience the following symptoms or signs. Or, these symptoms may be caused by a medical condition that is not cancer. If you are concerned about a symptom or sign on this list, please talk to your doctor. Early detection significantly increases success rates for head and neck cancer.
Things that increase your risk for oral cancer include using tobacco and heavy alcohol use. Other risk factors are being male, using marijuana, and having HPV infection. For cancers of the lip, exposure over a long period of time to ultraviolet light from the sun or from tanning beds increases risk.
Some combinations of risk factors, such as using tobacco and drinking alcohol, increase the risk for oral cancer more than either risk factor alone. The same is true for using marijuana if you have high-risk HPV infection.
Your dentist or doctor may look closely at your lips, mouth, or throat to check for signs of oral cancer. Other tests may be needed if there are possible signs of cancer. These tests may include a biopsy, an X-ray, or an MRI
If you have a lump in your neck that could be thyroid cancer, your doctor may do a biopsy of your thyroid gland to check for cancer cells. A biopsy is a simple procedure in which a small piece of the thyroid tissue is removed, usually with a needle, and then checked.
Sometimes the results of a biopsy are not clear. In this case, you may need surgery to remove all or part of your thyroid gland before you find out if you have thyroid cancer.
Physicians and researchers at Wayne Health are also faculty members of the Wayne State University School of Medicine who conduct research and clinical studies. This makes the latest treatments and clinical trials available to you sooner than other health providers without a medical school affiliation.
As a world leader in head and neck cancer, our physicians participate in numerous clinical trials on the detection and treatment of head and neck cancer.
For more information, please visit the links below at the WSU School of Medicine.