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Head And Neck Cancer Awareness Month April is National Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month and April 8 – 15, 2018 is National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week. Head and neck cancer is a term used to describe a number of different cancerous tumors that develop in or around the throat, larynx, nose, sinuses, and mouth. These cancers typically begin in the squamous cells that line the moist surfaces inside the mouth, nose, and throat. According to the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA), an organization dedicated to the prevention, detection, treatment and rehabilitation of oral, head and neck cancer through public awareness, research, advocacy and survivorship, head and neck cancers account for approximately three percent of all cancers in the United States. These cancers are nearly twice as common among men and are diagnosed more

often in people over age 50 than they are among younger people. Fortunately, most head and neck cancers produce early symptoms. Below are some potential warning signs of head and neck cancer. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should alert your doctor as soon as possible. There are several head and neck cancer symptoms, including: - Lump, bump, or mass in the head or neck area, with or without pain - Persistent sore throat - Hoarseness or change in voice - Nasal obstruction or persistent nasal congestion - Frequent nose bleeds and/or unusual nasal discharge - Blood in the saliva or phlegm - Ear and/or jaw pain

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Many cancers of the head and neck can be cured, especially if they are found early. Although eliminating the cancer is the primary goal of treatment, preserving the function of the nearby nerves, organs, and tissues is also very important. When planning treatment, doctors consider how treatment might affect a person’s quality of life, such as how a person feels, looks, talks, eats, and breathes. Treatment options and recommendations depend on several factors, including the type and stage of cancer, possible side effects, and the patient’s preferences and overall health. At the Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton, we treat head and neck cancer painlessly and noninvasively with external beam radiation therapy (EBRT). EBRT is an effective treatment for head and neck cancer, working within cancer cells to limit their ability to multiply. During treatment, high-energy X-rays are delivered to the cancer with a linear accelerator (LINAC). The treatment process is painless, safe, and treatments take about 10 to 15 minutes. Side effects that can occur may require medication. Most patients return to routine activities immediately after completing treatment. Sometimes a combination of treatments, which may include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy, is the best plan for treating head and neck cancer. For more information about head and neck cancer, or any of the conditions treated at the Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton, please call (570) 459-3460 or visit

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