Signs & Symptoms

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  • Early head and neck cancers may not cause any symptoms.
  • As the cancer grows, symptoms may include:
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Hoarseness or changes in voice
  • Swelling or lumps in the neck or throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Ear pain
  • Numbness or weakness in the face
  • Persistent bad breath


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The exact cause of head and neck cancer is not known, but certain risk factors include:

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  • The stage of head and neck cancer refers to the extent of the cancer and how far it has spread.
  • Stages range from 0 to IV, with 0 indicating that the cancer is confined to the primary site and IV indicating that the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

Risk Factors

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  • Smoking and alcohol use
  • HPV infection
  • Exposure to certain chemicals
  • Poor diet
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Family history

Prevention, Screening & Diagnosis

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  • There is no sure way to prevent head and neck cancer, but certain steps can be taken to reduce the risk, such as:
    • Not smoking
    • Reducing alcohol consumption
    • Eating a healthy diet
    • Practicing safe sex
    • Avoiding exposure to certain chemicals
  • Screening for head and neck cancer is typically done in people with a higher risk of the disease.
  • Diagnosis is typically done through endoscopy, imaging tests and biopsy.

Treatment options

  • Surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy are the most common treatment options for head and neck cancer.
  • The type of treatment recommended will depend on the stage of the cancer and the patient’s overall health.
  • Our team of specialists at MGM Cancer Institute will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for your individual needs.

Post treatment follow up

  • After treatment, patients will be closely monitored to ensure that the cancer has been effectively treated.
  • Follow-up appointments may include imaging tests, blood tests, and endoscopy.
  • Our team of specialists will also work with you to manage any side effects or complications that may arise during or after treatment.

Call to Action: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with head and neck cancer and are in need of treatment, we encourage you to learn more about the options available at MGM Cancer Institute. Our team of specialists is dedicated to providing patients with the best possible care and outcomes. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our specialists +91 44 4251 5151 and email us at [email protected] for queries and more details. We understand that a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, but with the right treatment and care, we can help you or your loved one fight and overcome this disease.

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Smoking is by far the leading risk factor for lung cancer. About 80% of lung cancer deaths are thought to result from smoking. The risk of lung cancer for people who smoke is many times higher than for people who don’t smoke. The longer you smoke and the more packs a day you smoke, the greater your risk.

Dr. Soumitra Sinha Roy, Senior Consultant, Pulmonology discusses about the perils of smoking & its contribution in lung cancer.

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Head and neck cancers account for nearly 16% of all cancers in the population. These cancers are more than twice as common among men as they are among women. Head and neck cancers are also diagnosed more often among people over age 50 than they are among younger people.

Head and neck cancer refers to several types of cancers that affect your mouth, throat or other parts of your head and neck.

In this informative video, Dr Anbarasi Kumaresan, Consultant Radiation Oncologist, MGM Cancer Institute explains the treatment available for head & neck cancer, including how to preserve the functionality of the organs affected.

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It seems that almost every dietary habit has at some point been linked to an increased risk of cancer. In recent years, the idea has emerged that drinking very hot beverages like coffee and tea could contribute to esophageal cancer.

Years old theory states that hot liquids such as coffee or tea could destroy the inner lining of the esophagus, requiring the cells to continually regenerate. But how far is it correct? Should we stop starting out day with the sip of hot tea/coffee.

Let’s find the truth with our expert Dr Sivaram Ganesamoni, Senior Consultant, Oncology, MGM Cancer Institute. Learn from him that how hot beverages can\cannot affect our oral cavity.

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