West Cancer Center is positioned as the region’s comprehensive leader in adult cancer care and research. Our team at West Cancer Center offers an unparalleled head and neck cancer treatment plan for patients across the Mid-South region – collaborating with West’s leaders in radiation therapy, medical oncology, surgical oncology, and research to provide each patient with most individualized care possible.
A patient with head and neck cancer symptoms may have one or more of the following procedures to determine your diagnosis:
- Imaging: your physician may perform one or more imaging tests – including CT scan, MRI scan, ultrasound, and PET scans – to help determine the location of the cancer and the extent to which the cancer has spread.
- Physical exam
- Endoscopy: a procedure in which an endoscope is used to examine the throat, larynx and upper esophagus. This procedure helps to obtain sample tissue, determine if the cancer has spread, and look for potential additional cancers in the head and neck area.
- Chest x-ray: a chest x-ray may be performed to determine if the cancer has spread to the lungs.
- Biopsy: a sample of tissue is removed for examination and to determine a diagnosis.
Your Treatment Plan
Your head and neck cancer treatment plan will vary depending on multiple factors, including but not limited to your stage of diagnosis, as well as the location of your cancer. Your dedicated team of cancer experts will discuss your treatment options and plan with you, allowing you and your loved ones to consider all possible treatment options for your diagnosis.
Potential treatment options for your diagnosis include:
- Radiation therapy: often used with chemotherapy, radiation therapy is the use of high-powered radiation beams to kill cancer cells. To learn more Radiation Oncology and the types of radiation therapies offered at West Cancer Center, click here.
- Chemotherapy: a drug therapy designed to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells, chemotherapy is often used with radiation therapy for head and neck cancer patients.
- Surgery: surgery to remove the tumor and surrounding tissues may be a part of your head and neck cancer treatment plan. This treatment option is often used with radiation and potentially chemotherapy for the treatment of head and neck cancers.