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Head and neck cancer

Head and neck cancers develop in the mouth, throat, sinuses or nose. They may be treated with chemotherapy, radiation therapy or surgery. Reconstructive surgery may also be used to improve function and appearance.

Head and neck surgeons in San Antonio

Our compassionate surgeons are fellowship-trained in the specialized treatment of head and neck diseases.

At Methodist Healthcare, we provide compassionate care, including minimally invasive procedures and modern imaging services. We work towards developing a comprehensive treatment plan customized to your individual health goals and needs.

To learn more about our head and neck cancer care, please call askSARAH at (210) 507-0941.

Head and neck cancer account for about four percent of all cancers in the U.S. While younger people can develop the disease, most people are 50 years old and older when they are diagnosed. Our specialists in cancer care provide comprehensive care for a variety of head and neck tumors.

Our multidisciplinary team

Our team approach brings together experts from multiple medical fields and support services to optimize outcomes. Depending on your case, your multidisciplinary team may include:

  • Chaplains
  • Dental oncology
  • Dietitians
  • Genetic counseling
  • Oncology trained nurse navigators
  • Medical oncologists
  • Pathologists
  • Physical therapists
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Radiologists
  • Microvascular reconstructive surgeons
  • Social workers
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Fellowship-trained head and neck surgical oncologists
  • Wound care experts

Head and neck tumors we treat

Our full range of advanced treatment options includes the latest technology and reconstructive techniques. Treatment is available for both malignant and benign head and neck tumors, including those that affect the following areas:

  • Oral cavity
  • Jaw/gums
  • Salivary glands
  • Paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity
  • Pharynx (throat)
  • Larynx (voice box)
  • Lymph nodes in the neck
  • Thyroid and parathyroid
  • Skin
  • Skull base and pituitary

Throat cancer

At Methodist Healthcare, we treat throat cancer using an expert, diverse approach to ensure the best possible outcomes for all patients.

The two types of throat cancer are:

  • Pharyngeal cancer: Found in the pharynx, the hollow tube running from your nose to the top of your windpipe
  • Laryngeal cancer: Found in the larynx, which is more commonly referred to as the voice box

Throat cancer symptoms

Schedule an appointment at Methodist Healthcare if you experience any of the following symptoms that do not improve over time:

  • Coughing up blood
  • Wheezing
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • A change or hoarseness in your voice

Throat cancer treatment

Treatment options may depend on the stage and location of cancer and can range from endoscopy to the surgical removal of affected areas of the throat.

Throat cancer risk factors

Throat cancer is relatively uncommon, although certain lifestyle choices can increase the risk of the disease:

  • Smoking
  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Heavy alcohol consumption

Tumor board

A key strength of this multidisciplinary approach is our weekly head and neck tumor conference, the setting for an in-depth group exploration of each case.

Working together to weigh all test results and options, our team of specialists develops individualized treatment plans for our patients.

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