Cancers of the head and neck are increasing, whether in the voice box, the throat, or the mouth. Traditionally associated with smoking and alcohol use, these cancers are also becoming more common in younger people without these risk factors. Although never something to be desired, cancers of the head and neck can be successfully treated, especially if identified early. Symptoms may include hoarseness lasting over two to three weeks, a lump in the neck, a sore in the mouth or throat that won’t heal, a sore throat that doesn’t go away after antibiotics, or difficulty swallowing.
At Wyoming Otolaryngology we want you to achieve the best outcome possible, whether your problem turns out to be a cancer or another less serious condition. Evaluation starts with a complete history of your problem and a thorough head and neck examination. X-rays, biopsies, and laboratory studies are performed, as needed, with your comfort in mind. We will keep you informed of all results with each step of the process. Evaluation and treatment planning are guided by the most recent research available and informed by your needs and wishes. If needed, referrals will be made to other specialists, whether local or in surrounding states. We work closely with specialists in the fields of radiation oncology and medical oncology to provide you with comprehensive cancer care.