|Head and Neck Cancer|
Each year, about 38,000 cases of head and neck cancer are diagnosed in America. These cancers affect a number of anatomical sites including:
Treatment of tumors within the anatomical sites of the head and neck has an impact on quality of life, because these structures are required for communication, nourishment and sensation. Their treatment may affect speech, swallowing, taste, smell, vision, hearing, facial expression and appearance.
There are a number of risk factors associated with the development of head and neck cancer, especially the use of tobacco products and frequent consumption of alcohol. (For more information about head and neck cancer risk factors, click here.)
Many of these cancers are curable when diagnosed early; often, the lesions are detected during a dental examination or by the individual. Since many of the symptoms associated with cancers of the head and neck can also be caused by noncancerous conditions, it is very important that you consult a physician if any warning signs persist for several weeks.
Because of the complexity of their location, cancers of the head and neck present a unique challenge to the patient and the physician. The treatment facility you choose is of paramount importance in order to ensure optimum outcome in terms of cure, as well as in maintaining form and function, and preserving your quality of life.
The Ideal Environment for Cure and Care
Our comprehensive program stretches across all of our hospitals. We have outstanding specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, who work in an ideal multi-disciplinary environment. The result is a unified, high-quality standard of care and a broad base for research. Integrating our locations also ensures that when you come in, you can access all the treatment options available.
We develop treatment strategies aimed at a cure, while maximizing preservation
of function. That’s an important reason to come to Continuum Cancer
Centers of New York. Saving your life is not enough — we also want
to preserve your quality of life.