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HEAD AND NECK CANCERS

The doctors of WSUPG’s Division of Head and Neck Surgery are leaders in the diagnosis and treatment of tumors of the head and neck region. Physicians within this clinical division are board-certified otolaryngologists who have years of experience in the unique management and rehabilitation of head and neck cancer patients.

Working with medical oncologists and radiation oncologists, our physicians evaluate new patients, review the reports and tests, and discuss the diagnosis and treatment at a tumor board. 

New methods, including endoscopic and robotic approaches are used to minimize the invasiveness of these types of surgical procedures.  Many of these patients will be evaluated and treated at Karmanos Cancer Institute or another one of our top-rated affiliated institutions such as Crittenton Hospital Medical Center or Oakwood Hospital.

Staff physicians serve on the Wayne State University faculty, participate in clinical trials and conduct research on the detection of head and neck cancer.

Our primary concern is to provide outstanding patient care. Our physicians believe it is important for patients to play an active role in their head and neck cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The head and neck cancer experts of Wayne State University Physician Group specialize in caring for patients with:  

  • Squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck
  • Malignant and benign tumors of the parotid
  • Thyroid tumors
  • Skull base and sinus tumors
  • Vascular tumors
  • Lymphomas
  • Skin Cancer and Sarcomas

Signs and Symptoms

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 with your doctor. Early detection significantly increases success rates for head and neck cancer.

  • Swelling or sore that does not heal (the most common symptom)
  • Red or white patch in the mouth
  • Lump, bump, or mass in the head or neck area (with or without pain)
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Foul mouth odor not explained by hygiene
  • Hoarseness or change in voice
  • Nasal obstruction or persistent nasal congestion
  • Frequent nose bleeds and/or unusual nasal discharge
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Double vision
  • Numbness or weakness of a body part in the head and neck region
  • Pain or difficulty chewing, swallowing, or moving the jaws or tongue
  • Ear and/or jaw pain
  • Blood in the saliva or phlegm (mucus discharged in mouth from respiratory passages)
  • Loosening of teeth
  • Dentures that no longer fit
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue

For more information on the diagnosis and treatment of head and neck disorders, please call 877-WSU-DOCS.

 

Support Groups and Screenings:

Karmanos Cancer Institute offers the following support groups for cancer patients and their families. For more information visit www.karmanos.org or call 800-527-6266.

  • Women Achieving Victory & Esteem is a monthly support group for female cancer patients only (any type, any stage).
  • Latina Cancer Support Group/Unidas En Victoria Contra El Cancer meets twice a month and is a support group for Spanish-speaking women with cancer. Location/Sítio: Most Holy Redeemer Church, 1721 Junction St., Detroit, MI 48209.
  •  Brothers Reaching & Achieving Victory & Esteem is a monthly support group for male cancer patients (any type, any stage).

Credit: Cancer.net, Wayne State University School of Medicine