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Head & Neck Cancer Surgery

Being diagnosed with cancer is never an easy thing to go through and can give patients fear and anxiety about the future. At Acadian ENT, we have extensive experience and innovative technologies to diagnose and treat specific types of cancer through minimally invasive procedures when possible. Cancer of the head and neck occur in delicate locations, which require a multifaceted surgical team to perform a wide range of duties with extreme precision. The medical professionals and surgical staff at Acadian ENT combine years of skill and knowledge dealing with head and neck cancer, bringing our patients comfort and reassurance in times of uncertainty.

Types of Head & Neck Cancer
Head and neck cancer is an umbrella term that covers a wide array of cancer types in the head and surrounding area, not including cancer of the brain, eyes, thyroid, or skin. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, these tumors usually occur in the mucosal tissue which includes the oral cavity including the lips and tongue, in/around the nose and sinuses, all three sections of the back of the throat, the voice box or larynx, and saliva glands.

The location of the tumor depends on the symptoms that present themselves. Cancer in the mouth features a different set of symptoms than cancer of the larynx or sinuses. Symptoms of head and neck cancer can include swelling, open sores that do not heal, lumps, sore throat and hoarseness, jaw pain, earaches or ear pain, red/white spots in the mouth or gums, extreme fatigue, bloody saliva or phlegm, new or worsening mobility issues, persistent congestion, and more.

Talk with your physician about all the symptoms you are experiencing, even if you think they may be unrelated. Some symptoms may overlap, but accurately documenting your baseline symptoms can help your doctor to more accurately diagnose your condition and order further screening.

Treatment Options
Treatment options for patients and recommendations from your physician or surgeon may vary and depend on a wide range of factors, including the overall health and wellbeing of the patient. Most often, the main treatments for head and neck cancer include surgery, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy, or a combination of these treatments. Sometimes, a patient may need the services of a reconstructive surgeon after treatment to replace lost tissue.

At Acadian ENT, we offer comprehensive treatment for a wide range of ear, nose, and throat conditions, including head and neck cancer. Our goal is to provide patients with the best care available, to aggressively fight back against these potentially life-threatening diseases. Contact the head and neck cancer specialists at Acadian ENT to schedule your evaluation today and get back to living your life, cancer-free.

Transoral Robotic Surgery

With new advancements in medical technology, surgeons can perform delicate procedures with the assistance of computer-guided surgical systems. The transoral robotic surgery is a procedure in which cancers of the mouth and throat can be excised with extreme precision using a robotic mechanism, controlled by computer software and directed by your surgeon. The system has also been used to treat other conditions like obstructive sleep apnea and lingual tonsilitis.

This procedure is minimally invasive and allows for faster recovery time after surgery with fewer complications. The transoral robotic surgery has revolutionized the way that conditions of the mouth and throat are treated, allowing for smaller incisions with a wider range of motion than traditional surgical methods. The sophisticated computer-based robotic system features mechanical arms with tiny cameras and surgical instruments, called endoscopes, to precisely target hard-to-reach areas under the guidance of your surgeon.

There are multiple benefits to using the transoral robotic surgery system over traditional surgical methods, including less injury of surrounding tissue, high definition and 3 dimensional views of hard to reach places, and decreased morbidity to swallowing and speaking.

At Acadian ENT, we’re constantly developing new and innovative ways to treat patients with minimally invasive procedures like transoral robotic surgery. Our experienced surgeons and medical staff are trained and certified in this system, helping patients find relief while minimizing trauma related to surgery.

What to Expect on Your First Visit

Our resource center provides support to our patients and offers helpful information to make your experience as pleasant as possible. We have a number of patient information forms available for download, as well as pre- and post-operative surgery instructions, insurance providers and a list of frequently asked questions. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Give us a call and we’ll help you out.


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