Prompt Diagnosis for Head and Neck Cancer
Thyroid Nodules or Masses
Thyroid nodules are sometimes followed with ultrasound measurements. When nodules or masses are enlarging, a fine needle biopsy may be necessary. A thyroidectomy is necessary for thyroid cancers or masses that are concerning or causing problems.
We perform flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy in the office to visualize the vocal fold motion and appearance. The procedure can be videotaped to show the results and saved for future reference. Removal of vocal fold polyps or biopsies of abnormal growths can often be performed under anesthesia in the Tower Surgery Center.
Salivary Gland Stones or Infection
Salivary glands may become blocked by stones or frequently infected. Removing a salivary stone may solve the problem, but sometimes the salivary gland should be removed.
Head and Neck Tumors
Benign tumors of the salivary glands can arise in front of the ear or below the jawline. They are often removed to prevent continued growth.
Head and Neck Cancer
We believe in prompt diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancer. We work with Stanford University and Stanford Emanuel Radiation Oncology to quickly start the treatment process. We then follow individuals through their treatments and recovery.