Specialized treatment options for head and neck cancers
Led by Andrew Nemechek, board-certified otolaryngology-head and neck surgeon, The Head and Neck Surgical Specialty Group provides treatment for patients with tumors affecting the head and neck.
Our interdisciplinary team offers comprehensive treatment options tailored to each patient. We place a high priority on improving survival rates for cancer patients and care greatly about the overall health and well-being of all patients.
Tumors and cancers treated at The Head and Neck Surgical Specialty Group
The Head and Neck Surgical Specialty Group treats many common and rare otolaryngological tumors and cancers, including but not limited to:
Tumors involving the head and neck and related structures
There are three types of growth that can occur in the oral cavity and the oropharynx: benign (not cancerous), precancerous and cancer tumors.
According to the American Cancer Society, the two strongest risk factors for oral cavity are tobacco and alcohol use.
Laryngeal cancers and pharyngeal cancers
Most Laryngeal cancers (which start in the larynx) and pharyngeal cancers (which start in the pharynx) begin as a pre-cancer called dysplasia, in which these cells appear abnormal but not exactly like cancer cells.
There are rare cancers that can begin in the larynx or pharynx, such as minor salivary gland cancers.
Oropharyngeal cancer refers to cancers of the oropharynx, or the back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and the tonsils.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HPV is believed to be the cause of 70 percent of oropharyngeal cancers in the U.S. Smoking can also increase a person’s risk of this type of throat cancer.
Symptoms of oropharyngeal cancer include persistent sore throat, earaches, hoarseness, swollen lymph nodes and painful swallowing.
Treatment for oropharyngeal cancer depends upon the stage of the cancer, the patient’s overall health at the time of diagnosis, and how best to maintain their ability to speak and swallow as normal as possible.
According to the National Cancer Institute, oropharyngeal tumors related to HPV infection have a better prognosis (and are less likely to return) than tumors not linked to HPV infection.
Salivary gland cancers
There are many different types of both benign and malignant tumors that may develop in the salivary glands. Benign salivary gland tumors are almost never life-threatening and can be completely removed through surgery.
Most salivary gland cancers are rare. Due to the location of the salivary glands, these types of cancers can be detected and treated early.
High-quality care for head and neck cancers in Denver
Located at Swedish Medical Center, The Head and Neck Surgical Specialty Group is dedicated to offering highly specialized care for cancers of the head and neck.
The Head and Neck Surgical Specialty Group is here to provide the best treatment options available to patients with a benign tumor or cancer diagnosis.
Screening and early detection is key for many of these health conditions — contact us today to schedule a clinical visit with one of our highly-experienced specialists.