Head And Neck Tumors Specialist

Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists of Connecticut

Ear, Nose & Throat Doctors located in Hamden, CT & Madison, CT

Finding a tumor or lump on the body is a frightening situation for any patient. Dr. Craig Hecht and Dr. David Astrachan of Ear Nose and Throat Specialists of Connecticut provide guidance, diagnostic services, and potential treatments to patients dealing with head tumors and neck tumors. Patients should feel free to call the office for a consultation today.

Head and Neck Tumors Q & A

Are head and neck tumors cancerous?

Finding a lump on the neck or head is disconcerting. Many patients automatically assume they have cancer, but in the vast majority of cases they don't. Swollen lymph nodes, for instance, can feel like a lump on the neck, or even the back of the head, and typically don't indicate cancer. If the lump is a tumor, it may be cancerous or benign. Dr. Astrachan and Dr. Hecht assist with the initial diagnosis process.

Can head or neck cancer be cured?

If found in early stages, head or neck cancer has a high cure rate. Early diagnostics are key to curing this cancer, and that's why patients need to schedule an appointment with Ear Nose and Throat Specialists of Connecticut right away if they suspect they may have a tumor of the head or neck.

Where can head or neck cancer develop?

Common areas for head or neck tumors to be found include:

  • Lip, mouth, tongue, and oral cavity
  • Throat or pharynx
  • Voice box or larynx
  • Neck lymph nodes
  • Nasal cavity or sinuses
  • Ear

For cancerous tumors, the most common location is the oral cavity.

What are the symptoms of a head or neck tumor?

Sometimes the most obvious sign of a problem is a lump that someone can feel, but some tumors are inside organs or deep under the skin and don't cause a visible lump. Other symptoms of tumors to watch for include:

  • Non-healing sores or growths
  • Swelling that doesn't cause pain
  • Persistent swallowing difficulty with weight loss
  • Pain when swallowing
  • A sore throat lasting several weeks with ear pain
  • Hoarseness lasting more than 2 weeks

With any of these symptoms, contact Ear Nose and Throat Specialists of Connecticut right away.

How are head and neck tumors treated?

Dr. Astrachan and Dr. Hecht first will try to determine the type and exact location of the tumor. If the tumors are benign, surgical removal is typically the best option. If they're cancerous, they may need to partner with an oncology team to determine the best course of treatment. Treatment may involve surgical removal of the tumor as well as traditional cancer treatments such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy.. To start the diagnostic process, patients should contact Ear Nose and Throat Specialists of Connecticut for a complete consultation and evaluation.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists of Connecticut, we accept most major insurance plans including Medicare. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

AARP
Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Assurant
Beech Street
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Capital Blue Cross
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
CBA Blue
Cigna
ConnectiCare
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Guardian
HealthNet
Humana
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