Head & Neck Cancer

Head & Neck Cancer

Cancer that begins in any area of your head or neck, aside from the brain and eyes, is known as head and neck cancer. After completing a Mayo Clinic fellowship in head and neck cancer, radiation oncologist Rosalyn Morrell, MD, provides expert care at CenterPoint Radiation Oncology in Beverly Hills, California. For the highest degree of care for head and neck cancer, please call the office or book an appointment online today.

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To develop the most effective treatment plan, Dr. Morrell consults with other experts on the care team, and then carefully considers a variety of factors, including how fast the cancer is growing, whether it has spread, and the patient’s overall health. Radiation may be used alone, or in conjunction with other therapies:

  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted drug therapy
  • Immunotherapy

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What is Head & Neck Cancer?

Cancer is when cells in your body mutate and then grow in a rapid and uncontrolled manner. Cancers get their names from the places they begin.

Head and neck cancers can start in many places, including:

  • In the sinuses
  • In the larynx (voice cords)
  • Inside and behind the nose
  • Inside the mouth, including the tongue, gums, and palate
  • At the back of the mouth and throat
  • In the salivary glands

What are the symptoms of Head & Neck cancer?

Symptoms of head and neck cancer vary based on the location of the cancer. Cancer in the mouth, or throat may cause a lump or thickening, pain or ringing in the ears, and difficulty swallowing.

Cancer in the sinuses or nasal cavity can cause headaches, pain and swelling around the eyes, and sinus blockages that don’t clear.

Most people don’t know they have head and neck cancer until they develop symptoms that make them go to the doctor. In some cases, your doctor or dentist may notice changes during a routine visit and recommend additional testing.

What head & neck cancer treatments are available?

There are a variety of ways to treat head and neck cancer.

Your individualized treatment plan could include one or more of the following:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Targeted drug therapy
  • Immunotherapy

As a skilled radiation oncologist with specialized training in head and neck cancer, Dr. Morrell works closely with other experts, including otolaryngologists and head and neck surgeons, to determine the best treatment approach for your specific needs.

How does radiation therapy treat head & neck cancer?

Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams like photons to target and kill cancer cells. At CenterPoint Radiation Oncology, Dr. Morrell uses the most advanced technologies and techniques available, including intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), volumetric-modulated radiation therapy (VMAT), and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT).

If you or a loved one has head and neck cancer, please call CenterPoint Radiation Oncology, or book an appointment online today.

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