Detecting Head and Neck Cancer

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Baptist Health Madisonville: Detecting Head and Neck Cancer

Doctor Andy Logan explains the warning signs of head and neck cancer, describing its diagnosis and the advantages of having advanced treatment close to home.

Detecting Head and Neck Cancer HealthTalks Transcript

Andy Logan, MD, FACS, Ear, Nose and Throat

When most people think of an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor, they think of children having tubes in their ears, having their tonsils removed, and a lot of people don’t realize that we do also treat a full range of adult diseases, including cancers in the head and neck area. Warning signs that you would be particularly concerned about would be a lesion or an ulcer in the mouth, trouble swallowing or pain in your throat that lasts more than a week or two, of course any abnormal masses or lumps in your neck or a skin lesion that looks abnormal or has not been present for quite a long time.

Scott Deahl, Hanson, Kentucky

I went for an annual physical, and they found a knot in my throat. They proceeded to run tests and all that stuff to find out then the cancer was in my right tonsil and had also spread to some lymph nodes in my neck. He told me at that time it was very treatable, shouldn’t be any issues, we ought to able to get it. Again, with life there are no promises, but it should be able to be taken care of.

Dr. Logan:
When you have to give a patient what is often the most devastating diagnosis, you have to be able to follow that up with, “But, here’s what we’re going to do about it,” and give them hope. We do have the services and facilities available right here at Baptist Health Madisonville to be able to take care of many of our cancer patients without having to leave town.