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Head and Neck Cancer

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is the treatment of disease using penetrating beams of high-energy waves of particles called radiation. The radiation is given at high doses to treat cancer and other illnesses. Radiation in high doses kills cells or keeps them from growing and dividing. Radiation may sometimes be used before surgery to shrink a tumor to ... Read More »

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Reconstructive Surgery

Following removal of a tumor, your surgeon will reconstruct the area to provide the best function as well as cosmetic look. Even patients who undergo robotic surgery may need reconstructive surgery. The surgeon may reconstruct the area, if necessary, with tissue from another area of your body. The tissue, referred to as a flap, can ... Read More »

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Robotic Surgery

In our pursuit of advancing cancer surgery, we became the first academic medical center on the West Coast to offer transoral robotic surgery (TORS) following U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval, which allows for a minimally invasive approach that gives the surgeon enhanced dexterity and greater precision in tumor removal. This results in reduced pain ... Read More »

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Laryngectomy

A laryngectomy is a procedure performed in certain hypopharyngeal and laryngeal cancer cases. The larynx (commonly referred to as the “voice box”) is surgically removed. The head and neck surgeon reconstructs a new opening in the neck for breathing called a “stoma.” Keck Medicine of USC is the only medical center in Southern California that ... Read More »

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Head and Neck Cancer

Head and neck cancer accounts for 3 percent of all malignancies in the United States. Ninety percent of head and neck cancers are squamous cell carcinomas. Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma develops in the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose and throat. Head and neck cancers include cancer of the mouth, nose, throat, larynx, ... Read More »

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Keck Medicine of USC
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