Kolkata - Head and Neck Oncology
Columbia Asia Hospitals offers a wide range of diagnostic and treatment for head and neck cancers. A multi-disciplinary team includes the ENT specialists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, medical oncologists and others as needed. Contemporary technology, state-of-the-art infrastructure and clinical expertise of our team enable early diagnosis and treatment resulting in excellent outcomes.
The term head and neck encompasses the skull base, meninges (membranes covering the brain), nasal cavity, sinuses, throat, voice box or larynx, tongue, mouth and salivary glands. Cancer can occur in any of these areas. These cancers can spread to the lymph nodes of the neck and often this is the first symptom of cancer.
Cancers of the head and neck include those that occur in:
- The moist surfaces inside the region like mouth, tongue and lips, nasal passages/ nose, sinuses and throat:
- Voice box
- Salivary glands
- Thyroid gland
- Skull base
Head and neck cancers have shown a strong link to environmental and lifestyle factors
Some examples are:
- Tobacco smoking
- Alcohol consumption
- Exposure to ultraviolet rays
- Exposure to chemicals at workplaces
- Some viruses like human papillomaviruses
Early detection is known to offer a better outcome. Surgery and radiotherapy are the commonest modalities of treatment. Chemotherapy and targeted chemotherapy are also tried in some cases.