Head and Neck Cancers
Questions About Head and Neck Cancers?
We’re here to help. Contact our Oncology Nurse Navigator, Katharine Radziewicz, RN, OCN, at 203-276-CARE. Press 2.
We offer treatment for all types of head and neck tumors, including cancers of the oral cavity, nasopharynx, oropharynx, larynx, hypopharynx, and salivary glands.
Symptoms of Head and Neck Cancer
- A mouth sore that bleeds easily and doesn't heal
- A lump or thickening anywhere in the mouth or neck
- Soreness or swelling in the mouth that doesn't go away
- Prolonged hoarseness of the voice
- Red or white patch on the tongue, gums or cheeks that doesn't go away
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, or moving the tongue or jaw
Treatment depends on the type and stage of your cancer. Options include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or a combination of these treatments.
Stamford Health is known for expertise in minimally invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of cancer. The potential benefits of minimally invasive procedures include less pain, less blood loss and reduced need for blood transfusions. It can also result in a shorter hospital stay, a quicker recovery and faster return to normal daily activities.
Depending on the individual cancer case, those receiving radiation treatment may be suitable for intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), a technology that makes it possible to vary the intensity of the beam as the patient is being treated, allowing for safer use of higher doses of radiation to the tumor and lower doses to surrounding healthy tissue.