Head & Neck Surgery
At Brevard ENT Center, we specialize in a wide range of head and neck procedures to treat conditions such as thyroid disorders, masses, benign tumors and cancer of the mouth, salivary glands, larynx or other structures within the head and neck area. Our doctors are highly skilled in treating these sensitive conditions and help restore the health and overall quality of life of our patients through advanced procedures, many of which can be performed using minimally invasive techniques.
The best procedure for your individual condition will be determined after a physical examination and one-on-one discussion with your doctor.
Head and Neck Cancer
Head and neck cancers encompass several different diseases that can affect the mouth, nose, throat and other surrounding areas. These diseases are most often caused by tobacco and alcohol use, especially cancer of the oral cavity and larynx. Other factors that may lead to cancer include sun exposure, HPV, and radiation exposure. Tobacco use is linked to 85 percent of head and neck cancers.
Fortunately, many people with head and neck cancers experience symptoms right away that lead to an early diagnosis of the condition. Symptoms of head and neck cancers vary depending on the type of cancer, but may include:
- Lump in the neck
- Hoarseness or other change in the voice
- Growth in the mouth
- Blood in saliva
- Difficulty swallowing
- New or changed growths on skin
Treatment for these cancers depends on the type and location of the tumor, as well as the patient’s age and overall health. Treatment often includes surgery to remove the cancer, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. It is important to discuss treatment options with your doctors, as certain methods may have long-term effects on the way you look, talk, eat or breathe. Making healthy life changes, including avoiding smoking and alcohol use, will help prevent the disease from recurring, as well as reduce the risk for other diseases.