Head and Neck
Head and neck pain is very common, especially with everyday activities pulling or straining these areas. In some cases, the pain goes away on its own over time. However, if the pain lasts longer than a couple of weeks, is not responding to stretches or rest, or if you notice any bumps or deformities, you should see a Summa Health ENT provider who specializes in the head and neck arena. Our experts are able to diagnose and treat a range of conditions and problems, as well as perform an array of head and neck procedures.
- Thyroid Cancer, Nodules, Goiters
Diseases of the thyroid, whether functional (hypo- or hyper-thyroidism) or structural (nodule, goiter, cancer), are common. Most thyroid nodules are non-cancerous, do not cause symptoms, and do not need any treatment. In some cases, however, because of the size, appearance, or symptoms, additional evaluation and treatment by an ENT specialist may be needed.
- Parathyroid Overproduction or "Adenomas"
Overproduction of parathyroid hormone by overactive parathyroid glands (hyperparathyroidism) can rob you of your health, making you feel run down and tired, causing osteoporosis, and many other serious problems. Fortunately, hyperparathyroidism can be fixed with new minimally invasive surgery techniques.
- Parotid/Salivary Gland Masses and Cancers
There are many salivary glands in your lips, cheeks, mouth and throat. Tumors can occur in any of these glands, but the parotid glands are the most common location for salivary gland tumors. Parotid tumor treatment usually involves surgery to remove the tumor. If the tumor contains cancer cells, additional treatments may be recommended.
- Swollen Lymph Nodes
If you’re experiencing swelling of the neck or under your chin, lymph nodes may be the reason. Chronic swelling of the lymph nodes can be a sign of a serious problem, such as an infection from bacteria, a virus or a certain cancer. A variety of treatments may be prescribed depending on the underlying cause.
- Neck Masses
A neck mass is an abnormal lump of any size in the neck. It may be a sign of an infection or indicate a serious medical condition. While it does not necessarily mean you have cancer, it does mean you may need additional evaluation to receive an accurate diagnosis.
- Cancer of the Head and Neck
Cancers of the head and neck include the mouth, throat and voice box. Many are curable if caught early and, fortunately, most of them produce early symptoms. Treatment depends on the stage of disease, type and location of the tumor, as well as your overall health. Options are best discussed in a multidisciplinary setting involving the surgeon, radiation oncologist, oncologist, pathologist, radiologist, and speech and swallowing experts.
- Skin Cancers
One of the areas most prone to skin cancer is the face. Facial skin cancer can affect people of all skin tones, including individuals with darker complexions. Small lesions limited to the surface of the skin can often be removed with a simple skin biopsy. Mohs surgery for larger growths can also be effective in cutting out cancer without causing damage to the surrounding skin. When surgery isn’t an option, radiation therapy may be recommended. Learn more about skin cancer screening.