Head, Neck & Oral Pathology
The diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the head, neck and mouth is known as Head, Neck and Oral Pathology. As a Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeon, Dr Naidoo has the expertise to diagnose and treat cancers affecting the oral and facial region.
There are many forms of cancer that can affect the head, neck and mouth. Dentists and Oral Surgeons routinely check patients for signs and symptoms to ensure cancer is detected early. Often, these examinations are aimed at identifying lumps or lesions that could indicate the development of cancer. Self-checks are often recommended to help medical professionals detect and treat cancer as early as possible.
Detecting cancer early is vital for effective, successful treatment. Patients need to recognise signs and symptoms through regular self-checks to ensure that early treatment is possible.
For cancer of the head, neck and mouth, patients are advised to look out for lesions, lumps and sores that don’t heal. Lumps generally occur in the neck and head, while lesions can be noticed inside the mouth.
Signs and symptoms also include:
- White patches in the mouth
- Chronic sore throat
- Abnormal tissue development
- Difficulty swallowing
- Enlarged lymph nodes
A biopsy must be done to confirm the presence of cancer before treatment can begin. A Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeon such as Dr Naidoo can perform a biopsy to pinpoint cancerous cells in the head, neck and oral cavity.
Once diagnosed, Dr Naidoo can then begin treatment depending on the type of cancer and its severity. While chemotherapy and radiation therapy are generally used to treat cancer, Dr Naidoo offers a surgical treatment approach in his capacity as a Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeon.
During surgery, Dr Naidoo will work to remove cancerous cells from the head, neck or oral cavity. Surgery will also involve repairing and restoring damaged tissue and function. Dr Naidoo will advise patients on how to care for themselves and their wounds post-surgery.