Head & Neck Oncology

Head & Neck Oncology

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Treatment for cancers of the Head and Neck at best hospitals in India

Highly Reputed ENT Specialists/Surgeons who can manage the most complicated of cases

Our teams of selected world-class ENT specialists/surgeons in India have gained expertise and are leaders in the field of Head and Neck Oncology in India. Treatment of throat cancer depends on the seriousness and extent of the condition. Treatment is usually tailored individually, could be surgical or non-surgical(Radiation/Chemo or Hormonal Therapies). The main aim is to the preserve patient’s ability to speak and eat while maintaining a normal healthy life.

NABH and JCI accredited world class hospitals having state of the art facilities.

Complete Histopathology Support

Complete histopathology support by the most experienced histopathologist for fast and accurate reporting of tumours. The in-house facility helps in reaching a decision for further treatment faster.

State-of-the-Art Operation Theatres

Our partner hospitals are JCI accredited and have state of the art infrastructure and operation theatres. Combine that with India’s pricing competence and you get the best of both worlds. The surgeries are possible laparoscopically, through lasers and cut-open where the condition demands it and are customised for each individual’s needs.

Highly skilled Doctors

The Oncologists(Surgeons, Radiation-oncologists or be that Medical Oncologist) have all achieved their super-specialisation from the most reputed schools in the world. Our partner hospitals hold weekly tumour board meetings in which all stake holders discuss the most complicated of cases and take the best decision for the patient. Each patient benefits through their sheer collective experience.

Latest Non-invasive options

Our partner hospitals are equipped with the latest non-surgical options for those hard to reach tumours. These include Cyber knife, Gamma knife and IGRT/IMRT.

Head & Neck Oncology

Head & Neck Oncology

As the name suggests, Head and Neck Oncology is the field of treating cancers of the Ear/Nose/Throat. The treatments offered could be surgical or Non surgical(Radiation/Chemotherapy/Hormonal therapies) :-

 

Surgery: Surgery is done in cases of small and localised cancer. Cancer which is advanced and has spread to the surrounding areas requires more extensive surgery which may involve removal of parts of jaw, throat, mouth or voice box. Reconstructive surgery may help in restoring the appearance and functions, e.g. swallowing and speech.

 

Radiation therapy: Radiotherapy uses high energy rays to kill the cancer cells. It usually follows the surgery or may be used in combination with chemotherapy in advanced throat cancer. It can be used as the primary treatment in small throat cancers.

 

Chemotherapy/Hormonal therapy: Chemotherapy/hormonal therapy is often used in combination with surgery or radiation therapy in advanced cases. Powerful drugs are given which kills the cancer cells left behind after surgery or radiation therapy.

 

COMPREHENSIVE RANGE OF ADVANCED SERVICES OFFERED BY HEALTH & HOLIDAYS

Our staff is sensitive to the needs of the patients and stand with you every step of the way.  They are capable to deliver assistance 24*7 in case of emergencies.

  • Pre-arrival, no-obligation free quote for your medical condition along with consultations and selection of best doctor/hospital

  • Dedicated case manager as one-point contact for all your needs while you are here with us,also responsible to help you get the best price for your procedure

  • Complimentary Airport Pick-up/Drop, Translation,Interpretation services and assistance in choosing the best accommodation.

  • Complete assistance in making the right decisions when choosing the best procedure and full support during your stay at the hospital

Pre-Surgery

Patient undergoes thorough investigations, may include  PET-CT scans/CT Scans/ MRI, blood investigations, biopsy, etc. Once all the investigation results are collated the patient is advised the best approach to his/her cancer. which could be both surgical/nonsurgical. At times it is also combination of both. For eg – A patient may need surgery followed with radiotherapy/chemotherapy. He/she is counselled about the outcomes and success rate of the planned treatment along with the complications/risks involved. Early diagnosis and treatment has a better prognosis. Small and localised cancer can be successfully removed by surgery. Once the cancer cells have spread beyond the head and neck region treatment becomes difficult in throat cancer.

Post- Surgery

Some patients in whom extensive surgery is done may require prosthetic devices to help chew, swallow or speak. A good nutrition plan is required that includes easy to chew and swallow foods. Feeding and breathing tubes may also be required in more advanced cases which need regular monitoring. Regular follow up is required to check for any recurrence of cancer. Patients who are advised further treatment including radiation/chemo are generally started on the same within 15-21days of the surgery depending on the recovery.

Skull Base Surgery

Skull Base Surgery

This  type of  surgery is executed to remove benign abnormalities, cancerous growths, and growths on the underside of the brain, skull base or the top few vertebrae of the spinal column.
Indications for skull base surgery

  • Cysts that grow from birth
  • Growths caused by infections
  • Pituitary tumors
  • Cerebrospinal fluid fistulas
  • Meningiomas:These are often benign tumors which grow from the tissue that covers the brain (meninges)
  • Trigeminal neuralgia:This is an intense pain on one side of the face.
  • Craniopharyngiomas:These are growths that occur near the pituitary gland.
  • Chordomas:These are slow-growing bone tumors often found at the skull base.
  • Craniosynostosis:This occurs when the skull bones of an infant close too early causing problems with the shape of the skull and brain growth.
  • Arteriovenous malformations:These are arteries and veins which are abnormally connected to one another.
  • A cerebral aneurysm:This is a weak often bulging area in a blood vessel in the brain.

Types of skull base surgery

There are two main types of skull base surgery. The method used  depends on the type of growth being removed and where it is located ?

  • Traditional or open skull base surgery:Open skull base surgery requires an opening to be made in the skull. This is done by making incisions in the facial area and skull. The surgeon may remove parts of bone so as to reach the growth and remove it.
  • Endoscopic or minimally invasive skull base surgery:Minimally invasive skull base surgery does not require a large incision. Instruments are inserted through small incisions or natural openings in the skull such as nose and mouth. An ENT (ear, nose and throat) surgeon may make a small incision inside the nose which allows a neurosurgeon to remove the growth through an endoscope (a thin lighted tube). To make sure all of the growths are removed, a radiologist takes an MRI during the surgery.

Symptoms

A growth or abnormality in the skull area may exhibit symptoms. The symptoms will vary depending on the type, size and location of the growth and include:

  • Facial pain
  • Visual problems
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears or hearing loss
  • Frequent sinus infections or nasal congestion
  • Weakness of the face
  • Headache
  • Numbness

Diagnosis

Based on your symptoms, your doctor will first perform a physical exam. Because the skull base area cannot be seen directly, exams and imaging techniques are used for the diagnosis. This includes:

  • Brain imaging studies:Special imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA), computerized tomography (CT) scan and positron emission tomography (PET) scan are used to create an image of the skull to help the doctors see the growths or abnormalities.
  • Biopsy:The doctor may recommend a biopsy of the skull base. This includes proceeds a small piece of the growth or abnormal tissue and examining it under a microscope. A biopsy may be done by using an endoscope which is placed through the nose and sinuses. A biopsy may also be done by excisional biopsy or fine need aspiration (FNA).
  • Other tests:Your doctor may check your balance, muscle activity, cranial nerves, vision, and hearing. Scans of other areas of the body and studies of body systems may also be checked.

 

Cost

The cost for head & neck oncology treatments can variate between $ 2500 – $15,000 depending on all what is required. The stay too is dependant on what treatment is advised. The earliest a patient can leave within 15 days and in some cases it can be months if the treatment is longer and patient wishes to complete entire treatment here.

Benefits

Our experts will review your case and will arrange opinions/affordable treatment plans from top doctors at 2-3 leading hospitals in India. We give you the power to choose from the best available options.

Write to Us

Give us a brief of history of the case, scan and email your medical reports at yourhealthqueries@gmail.com or info@healthandholidays.com and leave the rest on us.

our Partners

Medanta – The Medicity BLK Super Speciality Hospital Bourn Hall Clinic Sharp Sight Center Center for Sight Global Hostpitals HCG Oncology Jaypee Hospitals MS Ramaiah Rockland Hospitals Columbia Asia Manipal Hospitals Artemis Health Sciences Primus Super Speciality Hospital Apollo hospital max healthcare Fortis Healthcare Medanta – The Medicity BLK Super Speciality Hospital Bourn Hall Clinic Sharp Sight Center Center for Sight Global Hostpitals HCG Oncology Jaypee Hospitals MS Ramaiah Rockland Hospitals Columbia Asia Manipal Hospitals Artemis Health Sciences Primus Super Speciality Hospital Apollo hospital max healthcare Fortis Healthcare
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