The ‘head and neck’ region refers to the area above the collar bone. This region of the body is the most exposed to the elements. It therefore tends to be the most responsible for identity. The tongue, voice box, nose, eyes, thyroid gland, parotid gland and many other vital organs lie in the this region, all of which are connected in a complex network. Cancers of this area tend to have complex symptoms and spread patterns.
If you think this is rare, think again. 40% to 50% of all Indian cancers are of the Head and Neck. Of these, 70% of linked to the use of tobacco and are therefore totally preventable.
The good news is that due to their location in sensitive and highly visible areas, they are fairly easy to identify and diagnose early. In fact, a simple out-patient examination is usually enough to diagnose cancer of the the head and neck region.
If detected early and treated correctly, the majority of these cases can be cured.
Some of the common symptoms of ‘Head and Neck’ Cancers are
- a white patch, sore or ulcer in the mouth
- difficulty or pain during swallowing
- a change of voice
- pain on one side of the throat
- an inexplicable ear ache
- chronic cough
- difficulty in breathing
- a lump in the neck
- bleeding or discharge from the ear, nose or mouth
Cancers in these areas target special organs which then requires specialists in a number of different fields to work together as a single unit. We here at Sita Bhateja Speciality Hospital can offer you the finest care in the hands of teams of highly skilled surgeons comprising
- an ENT and head and neck surgeon
- a head and neck oncologist
- an ophthalmologist
- a plastic and reconstructive surgeon
- a faciomaxillary Surgeon
- a phono surgeon
- a nasal endoscopist
- a radiation and medical oncologist