Excision of Benign and Cancerous Lesions
Benign or non-cancerous tumors and cancerous lesions can occur in the region of the nose, mouth and throat. These lesions can affect the salivary glands, mucous membranes of the nasal and oral cavities, pharynx, larynx as well as nearby lymph nodes and can spread to other areas of the body if cancerous causing complications. At Montgomery ENT Center, Dr. Grosinger provides treatment for both benign and cancerous lesions. He offers prompt and comprehensive care individualized to your specific needs.
Individuals with a tumor in the nose, mouth or throat may experience the following signs and symptoms:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Hoarseness of voice
- A lump in the neck
- A growth in the mouth
- New skin growths or old ones that show changes
- Blood in saliva
Cancers in the mouth and throat are often related to tobacco abuse but may also be associated with alcohol abuse, sun exposure and infection with the human papilloma virus or HPV. Changes in lifestyle greatly reduce the risk of developing oral cancers.
Early detection and treatment of head and neck tumors can help improve the outcomes. Your doctor will review your symptoms and perform a thorough physical examination. An endoscopy may be performed to view internal lesions. A biopsy is usually obtained to look for cancerous cells. Blood and urine tests may also be ordered.
Your doctor will determine treatment depending on the location and type of lesion. Excision or removal of the benign or malignant lesion is often performed. To ensure complete removal of the lesion, some surrounding tissue may also be removed. Chemotherapy or radiation may be recommended if the tumor is cancerous to further eradicate the disease. Your doctor will provide a customized supportive plan of treatment. Making positive lifestyle changes during and after cancer treatment may help prevent a recurrence or second cancer.