Head And Neck Cancer Treatment Services


Head & Neck Cancer services team provides Comprehensive Cancer Care from Prevention to Palliation. We also educate the patient regarding his/ her disease, bust the myths related to its management, and guide him on the path to recovery.

What is Head & Neck Cancer ?

Most head and neck cancers begin in the cells that line the mucosal surfaces in the head and neck area, e.g., mouth, nose, and throat. Mucosal surfaces are moist linings of hollow organs and cavities of the body. Normal mucosal cells look like scales (squamous) under the microscope, so head & neck cancers are often referred to as squamous cell carcinomas. Some head & neck cancers begin in glandular cells and are called adenocarcinomas.

Head & Neck Cancer includes:

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Mouth/Oral Cancer

Globally, oral cancer is the sixth most ...
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Throat Cancer

The pharynx is a hollow tube about...
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Nose and Paranasal sinus cancer

The paranasal sinuses are small...
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Thyroid and parathyroid gland cancer

The thyroid is a small gland...
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Skull Base Tumors

The skull base implies the base...

Salivary gland cancer

The salivary glands produce saliva...

Neck: lymph nodes affected by cancer

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Symptoms of Head & Neck Cancer

Diagnosis and Investigation Head & Neck Cancer

To find the cause of symptoms, a surgical oncologist evaluates a person’s medical history, performs a physical examination, and orders diagnostic tests. The examination and tests conducted may vary depending on the symptoms. Examination of a sample of tissue under the microscope is always necessary to confirm a diagnosis of cancer.

We insist on clinical examination and believe that a “Hand Scan is better than a CAT Scan”

  • Physical examination may include visual inspection of the oral and nasal cavities, neck, throat, and tongue using a small mirror and/or lights. The surgical oncologist may also feel for lumps in the neck, lips, gums, and cheeks.

Myth: Biopsy or FNAC leads to the spreading of cancer.

A biopsy means removal of a small piece of tissue. A pathologist studies the tissue under a microscope to make a diagnosis. A biopsy is the only sure way to tell whether a person has cancer.

If the diagnosis of cancer is confirmed, we want to know the stage (or extent) of the disease. Staging is a careful attempt to find out whether cancer has spread and if so, to which parts of the body. Knowing the stage of the disease helps the surgical oncologist plan treatment..

Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer

Various types of head and neck surgeries are

Frozen Section

It is a modern technique to ensure the complete removal of cancer during surgery. The main cancer specimen is immediately sent to the laboratory after surgery for assessment by the Frozen section technique. The pathologist quickly freezes the sample from the margins of the specimen in a cryostat and takes a thin slice of the sample from various areas. They freeze the tissue at -15 to -20 degrees centigrade. They then place this under a microscope, analyze the sample, and report within 30 minutes.

Advanced Cancer of cheek excised and reconstruction done with free flap

Cancer of hard palate operated and rehabilitated with obturator

Cancer of tongue operated and reconstructed using free flap

Cancer of lower lip operated and reconstructed using free flap​

Cancer of right lower jaw operated and reconstructed using free flap

How is RGCI Different

Tumor Board/ Multispecialty Clinic Evaluation

Each and every Head & Neck cancer patient is evaluated by a special team of Surgical

Oncologists (Head & Neck unit), Medical Oncologists, Radiation Oncologists, Onco-pathologists, and Imaging Specialists. Depending on the age, general condition, type of pathology, and stage of the disease, a custom-made treatment plan is charted out for each and every patient as per International Treatment Guidelines. (NCCN – National Comprehensive Cancer Network).

DO’s after Surgery

DON'Ts after Surgery

Clinical Services

Featured Doctors

Dr. A.K. Dewan

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OPD Timings: 09:00 am to 05:00 pm (All Weekdays except Sunday and Holiday)
Emergency Services: 24x7 All Weekdays

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