At Orange County CyberKnife, our mission is to be your comprehensive resource for treating virtually any cancerous condition. As a premier cancer treatment center serving the Orange County, CA area, we’re proud to provide world-class treatments to our patients including noninvasive solutions like CyberKnife. In addition to treatment, we strive to be an educational resource to our patients – so here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about head & neck cancers.
Fighting cancer is a difficult battle, but if you or a loved one have recently been diagnosed with head and neck cancer or any other condition, OC CyberKnife can help. Call us today at 714.962.7100 if you have more questions or want to schedule an appointment for a consultation or second opinion. We look forward to working with you to help you design a treatment plan that helps you overcome your condition and reclaim your life – all on your own terms.
Risk factors refer to elements or variables that may make one person more likely to develop cancer than another person. These factors may be behavioral, genetic, or environmental, and while they change the likelihood of developing cancer, they are by no means conclusive: there’s no way to say for certain who will develop head & neck cancer and who will not. That said, the following risk factors may place you at an increased likelihood for developing head & neck cancer:
Immune System Issues: Anyone with a suppressed immune system, like those with an immunodeficiency disorder or those with an organ transplant, is at an increased risk of developing head & neck cancer.
Symptoms vary widely depending on the type, size, and location of the tumor, but some common symptoms include:
These symptoms may be a result of head & neck cancer or a variety of other conditions, but in any case, they should be evaluated and treated by a doctor as quickly as possible.
While every patient is different, a second opinion from a different doctor or cancer treatment center is almost always a good idea. Some of the reasons for a second opinion include:
Second opinions for cancer diagnoses are often covered by insurance, and in fact, many insurance companies require you to get a second opinion before ever starting treatment. For almost any patient with a cancer diagnosis, getting a second opinion should be a routine part of the early care for the cancer.
You have a wide variety of options for getting a second opinion on your cancer treatment:
Because head and neck cancer encompasses so many different conditions, treatment options will vary greatly depending on your specific type of cancer, the location of the tumor, and what stage of cancer you have. Some of the most common treatments for head and neck cancer include chemotherapy, surgery, targeted therapy, and radiation therapy treatments like CyberKnife.