If you’ve been diagnosed with head and neck cancer, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center is here for you and your family. We provide comprehensive cancer care, supporting every aspect of your wellbeing. Our multidisciplinary team of experts works with you to achieve the best outcome possible.
With some cancers, doctors use screening tests, such as mammograms for breast cancer to look for cancer before a person has any symptoms. Currently, there are no standard screening tests for head and neck cancers, but doctors recommend you get an annual physical of your head, neck and throat, as well as an annual dental exam.
For high-risk patients, such as those who previously have had head and neck cancer, chest x-rays and more frequent physical exams may be recommended.
Banner MD Anderson is focused on providing the best and latest head and neck cancer diagnostic tests. We’ll work with you to determine the best options for your specific needs.
To diagnose head and neck cancer, your doctor will recommend any combination of the following tests:
The prognosis is good for patients diagnosed early with head and neck cancer. Unfortunately, patients often are not diagnosed until the disease has advanced, becoming incurable or requiring aggressive treatment. About 66% of head and neck cancers are found in stages III and IV.
Your Banner MD Anderson head and neck cancer doctor will explain to you what your stage means. If you have questions or something is unclear, ask us. We’re here to provide you with as much information as you need to feel comfortable and make informed health care decisions.
Doctors use a staging system to help describe the size, location and spread of cancer. Many people do not show symptoms in early stages of head and neck cancer, leading to diagnosis in later, more advanced stages and reducing treatment effectiveness.