Neck Tumor Specialist

Ryan R. Stevens, M.D., PC

Ear, Nose & Throat Doctors located in Corvallis, OR

Over 55,000 men and women in the United States develop head and neck cancer each year, and early diagnosis is essential for successful treatment. At Ryan R. Stevens, M.D. in Corvallis, Oregon, Dr. Stevens uses his extensive experience as an ear, nose, and throat specialist to identify and outline effective therapy strategies for conditions like neck tumors. If you’ve noticed changes in your mouth or throat, especially if you smoke, call Dr. Stevens’ ENT clinic or schedule an appointment online today.

Neck Tumor Q & A

What kinds of cancer affects the neck?

Head and neck tumors generally develop in the squamous cells lining the mucosal areas inside your nose, mouth, or throat. Experts organize these types of cancer by the area where they start, which can include:

  • Oral cavity: includes the front two-thirds of your tongue
  • Pharynx (throat): the tube beginning behind your nose and leading to your esophagus
  • Larynx (voice box): the cartilage containing your vocal cords
  • Paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity: the empty space inside your nose

In rare cases, cancer can also begin in your salivary glands in the bottom of your mouth.

What causes a neck tumor?

Tumors in the head and neck are more than twice as common in men than women. They’re also more common once you're over age 50. The majority of neck cancers are often are the result of tobacco use, though additional causes can include:

  • Alcohol use
  • Sun exposure
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Radiation exposure

You can significantly reduce your risk of developing neck tumors and cancer by quitting smoking and avoiding alcohol.

What are the symptoms of neck cancer?

The most common symptoms of neck cancer or tumors include:

  • Hoarseness or changes in your voice
  • Abnormal growths in your mouth or tongue
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • A lump or bump in your neck
  • Blood in your saliva or phlegm
  • Changes in your skin

Having pain in or around your ear, especially when swallowing, can also indicate a tumor or growth in your throat.

How is a neck tumor diagnosed and treated?

During your appointment, Dr. Stevens conducts a comprehensive physical examination, including lab screenings like blood and urine analysis and imaging tests. He also reviews your medical history and discusses your symptoms.

Based on your exam, Dr. Stevens might perform an endoscopy with a tiny camera to look in your throat for signs of disease or abnormalities. If Dr. Stevens finds irregularities, he takes a biopsy to examine the tissue.

Treatments for a neck tumor depends on its type, location, and severity, as well as your age and overall health. In many cases, neck tumors require surgery to remove the cancerous tissue in addition to radiation or chemotherapy.

For more information on neck tumor diagnosis and treatment, call Ryan R. Stevens, M.D. or schedule an appointment online today.