Head and Neck Cancer Treatment in Plano

Over the past several years, Medical City Plano has achieved remarkable growth and outstanding patient outcomes, surpassing most head and neck centers in the region in number of patients treated, comprehensive care provided and patient survival and disease-free data. Research over the past 25 years has clearly shown the benefits of a multidisciplinary approach to head and neck cancer treatment. This kind of approach was not available in Collin County until recently, but since the establishment of the Head and Neck Cancer Center at Medical City Plano, we have been able to provide advanced head and neck cancer care right here in Plano.

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The idea of cancer surgery is no longer just cutting out the tumor. With advances in gene therapy, chemotherapy, radiation and minimally invasive surgery, we can achieve excellent results with outstanding postoperative quality of life. Facial deformity is no longer an acceptable option for a head and neck cancer patient. This is why the head and neck cancer specialists at Medical City Plano apply the same techniques used in cosmetic facial surgery to all cancer reconstructions. This ensures that patients are not only cancer free, but also that they have an aesthetically pleasing reconstructive outcome.

Why choose Medical City Plano for head and neck cancer treatment?

  • We are the largest comprehensive head and neck cancer center in Collin County
  • Our approach is patient-centric. From the moment patients are referred to us for a head and neck cancer diagnosis, we provide comprehensive care until they are cancer-free
  • Multidisciplinary treatment planning
  • Nurse navigator through Sarah Cannon provides guidance and support to our patients throughout their head and neck cancer treatment journey
  • Pre-treatment assessment by dental surgeon and speech pathologist to discuss treatment options and maximize post-treatment rehabilitation
  • Nutrition and physical therapy consultations to optimize healing
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment for improved healing capacity
  • Genetic counseling and testing
  • Prosthodontics and facial implant expertise
  • Latest facial reconstructive methods including free tissue transfer
  • Specialty nurses and surgical technicians specializing in head and neck cancer surgery
  • Dedicated head and neck cancer operating room
  • Long-term follow up for our patients

If you or a family member is diagnosed with head or neck cancer, integrated cancer treatment options are available close to home at Medical City Plano, with an experienced team of cancer caregivers.

Learn more about causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment for head and neck cancer.

Head and Neck Cancers Treated at Medical City Plano

Head and neck cancers typically begin in the squamous cells inside the mouth, nose and throat and are often referred to as squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck. Medical City Plano now offers treatment of common head and neck cancers that include cancers that affect the:

  • Oral
  • Throat (pharynx)
  • Voice box (larynx)
  • Nose and sinus
  • Salivary glands
  • Tumors of the facial skeleton
  • Skull base tumors
  • Thyroid and parathyroid cancers

Causes of Head and Neck Cancer

There are a number of factors that can lead to cancer development, but the two most important risk factors for head and neck cancers are alcohol and tobacco use. Other risk factors include:

  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • High intake of preserved or salted foods
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Prior radiation exposure
  • Family history of cancer

Head and Neck Cancer Symptoms

Common symptoms of head and neck cancer could include:

  • Non-healing mouth ulcers
  • Long lasting sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Voice changes
  • Frequent nose bleeding
  • Tonsillar growth
  • Dentures not fitting mouth (may be a sign of tumor affecting jaw)

If you’re experiencing symptoms of head or neck cancer, find a specialist at Medical City Plano.

Types of Head and Neck Tumors

  • Thyroid tumor
  • Parathyroid tumor
  • Oral tumor
  • Throat (pharynx) tumor
  • Voice box (larynx) tumor
  • Salivary cancer
    • Parotid tumor
    • Submandibular tumor
    • Sublingual salivary tumor
  • Skull base tumor
  • Pituitary tumor

References:
www.cancer.gov
www.entnet.org