Head and Neck Cancer in Bakersfield
Most head and neck cancers develop in the mouth, nose, or throat. As these are Dr. Vadapalli’s areas of expertise, Bakersfield Sinus Center is proud to offer head and neck cancer treatments to patients living in Porterville, Bakersfield, CA and surrounding areas.
What is Head and Neck Cancer?
Head and neck cancer includes any type of cancer that develops in the throat, mouth, nose, or surrounding areas of the head. There are many causes for these types of cancer, although some of the most common include frequent tobacco or alcohol use.
Head and neck cancer symptoms can vary, but many include difficulty swallowing or breathing, pain, or bleeding. However, it is important to note that many of these symptoms can have causes that are much less serious than cancer. If you are concerned, schedule an appointment with your doctor to get a professional opinion regarding your symptoms.
Why Choose Satish R. Vadapalli, MD for Your Head and Neck Cancer Treatment?
Dr. Vadapalli specializes in procedures involving the mouth, nose, throat, and the surrounding areas of the head. With over two decades of experience, he is an ideal candidate for performing head and neck cancer treatment and related procedures. No matter what treatment you are receiving, you can always expect the attentive and personalized care for which we are known.
What is the Head and Neck Cancer Treatment Like?
The treatment for head and neck cancer will vary significantly based on the type of cancer diagnosed, the location of the affected areas, the size of the area affected and a range of personal health factors. Bakersfield Sinus Center specializes in a number of cancer treatments to ensure that all patients have access to an effective treatment approach.
Surgery is a common head and neck cancer treatment, in which surgical techniques are used to remove cancerous tissue, eliminating it from the body and preventing it from spreading.
Chemotherapy involves the use of drugs that are designed to kill cancerous cells and eliminate them from the body.
Radiation therapy is a treatment where radiation is delivered directly to cancerous growths in order to kill cancerous cells and prevent further spreading of the disease.
During your appointment, we will assess your condition and consider a range of other factors to determine the head and neck cancer treatment that will be best for you.
What is the Head and Neck Cancer Recovery Like?
After head and neck cancer treatment, recovery will vary depending on the treatment method used. Since these cancers often affect areas including the nose and mouth, patients may experience difficulty talking, chewing, or swallowing in the weeks following treatment.
There are other unique side effects for each type of treatment, which will be discussed in-depth with you during your visit. Generally, patients can expect several weeks of recovery, and may need additional therapies to restore normal function to the treated areas.
What Results Can I Expect from Head and Neck Cancer Treatment?
The ultimate goal of head and neck cancer treatment is to eliminate cancerous cells from the body. Throughout treatment, multiple tests will be performed to assess the presence of cancer. Once cancer is eliminated, patients can focus on recovery. However, if treatment does not fully eliminate cancerous cells, additional treatments will be explored in order to deliver optimal results.
Bakersfield Sinus Center offers head and neck cancer treatment to men and women in Bakersfield, Porterville, and the neighboring cities of California. To learn more about these treatments or to schedule your consultation, contact us today.