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Head & Neck Cancer

Head and neck cancers encompass a diverse group of malignancies affecting the tissues and organs in the head and neck region, including the mouth, throat, voice box, salivary glands, and lymph nodes.

Metro ENT use advanced diagnostic techniques such as imaging studies and biopsies to accurately identify the type, stage, and extent of the cancer. We collaborate closely with other medical disciplines to develop individualized treatment plans, which may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, or immunotherapy, depending on the specific characteristics of the cancer and the patient’s overall health.

Early detection and prompt intervention are key to achieving optimal outcomes in head and neck cancers. Metro ENT prioritises timely evaluations and personalized care to ensure the best possible prognosis for our patients. From minimally invasive surgical techniques to innovative therapies, we are committed to providing compassionate support and effective treatment options.

Dr Ryan De Freitas


ENT Surgeon

Should you observe any of the following signs, it is important to seek evaluation by a qualified medical practitioner promptly to assess your mouth, throat, or tongue:

  • Neck lumps

    Head or neck cancers often spread to the lymph nodes, manifesting as lumps in the neck. If a neck lump persists beyond two weeks, it warrants examination by a qualified health professional, even if it does not cause discomfort, as cancerous lumps typically do not elicit pain.

  • Voice changes

    Changes in voice, particularly persistent hoarseness lasting longer than two weeks, can indicate potential cancer in the larynx (voice box), necessitating evaluation by a qualified health practitioner.

  • Swallowing difficulties

    Difficulty swallowing, especially if experienced frequently, may signify cancer within the esophagus, prompting medical attention from a qualified practitioner.

  • Oral growths

    Any persistent sores or swellings within the mouth that fail to resolve should raise concern, warranting assessment by an appropriately qualified medical practitioner.

  • Chronic earache

    Persistent ear pain, particularly when accompanied by difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, or a neck lump, may indicate an infection or tumor growth in the throat, necessitating urgent evaluation by a medical professional, as the ear and throat share nerve endings.