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Are head and neck cancers serious?

Brett Miles, MD
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)

Head and neck cancer is a very wide group of diseases which can have a prognosis which ranges from poor to excellent. The type of cancer (i.e. thyroid, squamous cell, melanoma, salivary gland) as well as the extent of the cancer dictates your stage and prognosis. Only a complete examination, imaging (i.e. CT, PET, etc.), and appropriate diagnostic tests (i.e. biopsy) can provide the information necessary to estimate your prognosis and recommend treatment. Patients with head and neck cancer should be evaluated and treated at large medical centers experienced in the treatment of these malignancies.

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