The Head, Face and Neck Cancer Program at Nanavati Max Hospital is one of the leading cancer care programs that provide high quality, comprehensive services catering both the physical and emotional needs of the patient. The optimal treatment plan offered by our medical oncologists is customised uniquely for each patient and is most likely to preserve the patient's long-term quality of life.
Our advanced multidisciplinary approach to treat head, face, and neck cancer is complemented by multiple services such as endoscopic procedures, major and minor resections, organ preservation surgeries, as well as complex reconstructions, including free flaps.
Our team of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and head, face, and neck surgeons work together to achieve the most effective health outcomes for cancer patients. We provide our patients with comprehensive care using advanced technology in a spacious, serene, state-of-the-art facility that is designed to offer the best cancer treatment hospital and support services possible, thereby improving the patient’s quality of living.
The term head, face, and neck cancer include tumours arising in the mouth, salivary glands, throat, larynx, lymph nodes, voice-box, sinuses, nose, ears, and thyroid gland.
Different people have different signs and symptoms of the head, face, and neck cancer. Some of the very common ones include:
These are the very common symptoms that indicate head, face and neck cancer. Symptoms of cancer may vary according to the type of its origin.
At Nanavati Max Hospital, we offer you the most advanced diagnosis and treatment techniques for head, face, and neck cancer, irrespective of its complexity. Our doctors conduct many tests to diagnose cancers of Head, face and neck cancer. These tests include:
• Physical examination
• Ultrasound of the neck/CT/ MRI/ PET Scan
• Laboratory tests
• Molecular Testing
The team of highly experienced oncologists at Nanavati Max Hospital offers the most comprehensive personalized treatment to patients suffering from head, face, and neck cancer.
• Surgical process: The surgery removes the cancerous tumour with some surrounding healthy tissues to eliminate cancer from the body.
o Excision: To remove a cancerous tumour with some surrounding healthy tissue, composite resections, and organ preservation surgeries, with or without lymph node dissections (removal of the cancerous lymph nodes in the neck).
o Reconstructive surgery: If major tissue removal is required such as removing the jaw, tongue, skin, or pharynx, then reconstructive is done to correct the anatomical defects. This is aimed at functional and cosmetic rehabilitation after major head and neck surgery.
o Laser technology: Using advanced laser equipment, an early-stage tumour of the larynx and oral cavity can be effectively treated.
• Radiation Therapy: Radiation therapy is a very important tool used in the fight against can-cer and the treatment of as many as 50% of all cancer patients. Radiation can be given post-operatively and post-chemotherapy for local control and palliation of distant metastases. Radiation therapy is often given in locally advanced cancers where surgical intervention or chemotherapy is not possible. Radiation therapy is a safe & effective procedure where radioactive isotopes or high-energy photons, electrons or other particles are used to destroy the cancer cells. There are two types of radiation
o External Beam Radiotherapy (EBRT)
o Brachytherapy or interstitial (HDR)
Radiation Oncologist is the specialised doctor for this treatment. Radiotherapy regimens or schedules and protocols are specific for different tumours and hence the time for treatment differs from case to case.
• Chemotherapy: Treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by kill-ing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Chemotherapy is usually given to a patient either by mouth, through injection, or infusion, depending on the type and stage of the cancer being treated. It is used to downsize the tumour to enable surgery and can also be used post-surgery in certain cases. Chemotherapy forms a major modality for inoperable, advanced, and widespread cancers for effective-control of the disease.
• Targeted Therapy: Targeted therapy works by targeting cancer’s specific genes, proteins, or the tissue environment that contributes to cancer growth and survival. These proteins and genes are found in cancer cells or other types of cells that are related to cancer growth, like blood vessel cells. Targeted therapy is used by itself or along with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and immunotherapy.
• Immunotherapy: Cancer immunotherapy is the artificial stimulation of the immune system to treat cancer, improving the immune system's natural ability to fight cancer. It is consid-ered as a fundamental application of the research of cancer immunology and are growing subspecialty of oncology.
Some of the major precautions one must follow include:
Dental Hygiene: Bad dental hygiene is one of the most common causesof oral cancer. Maintaining dental hygiene has been found beneficial in preventing oral malignancies.
Some of the major factors that lead to the head, face, and neck cancer include:
Ans. Nanavati Max Hospital in Mumbai is considered one of the best hospitals for neck and head cancer treatment in the city, offering a range of advanced treatments and experienced specialists.
If you are facing any similar signs or symptoms please contact the Nanavati Max team to schedule an appointment at : +91 22 6836 0000