Cancers We Treat

Head & Neck Cancer Diagnosis

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Learn More About Your Diagnosis

Wherever you are in this journey, we are here to help you process everything you need to know in a supportive and informative way.

Our team is made up of multiple cancer specialists, including oncologists, radiologists, surgeons and nurses. At Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center in Jacksonville, Florida, we follow the same practices provided at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Our experts are here to guide you through your care options.

Defining, diagnosing and treating

Types of Head & Neck Cancer

Head and neck cancer refers to a group of cancers that start in the mouth, nose, throat, larynx, sinuses, or salivary glands. Because each kind of head and neck cancer is unique, our team is made up of specialists from various disciplines. Our multidisciplinary approach helps us tailor your treatment plan and all aspects of your care.

Head & Neck Cancer

Common Diagnostic Tests

Accurate diagnosis is a major part of Baptist MD Anderson’s unique approach to cancer care.

  • Physical exam
  • Blood and urine tests
  • Panoramic radiograph
  • Biopsy
  • Molecular testing
  • X-Ray
  • Endscopy
  • MRI
  • Bone scan
  • PET scan
  • Ultrasound

Head & Neck Cancer

Staging

The stage of a cancer refers to how much it has grown and whether the tumor has spread from its original location. There are five overall stages of cancer, stage 0 - stage 4. Stage 4 is considered the most advanced stage of cancer, meaning it has either spread to more areas or is more aggressive. Identifying the extent of you cancer can help your doctor determine the best course of treatment for you. As part of the diagnosis process, several tests help evaluate the cancer stage. Once you know the stage of your cancer, you and your doctor can use this information to decide on the best treatment option for you.

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Getting the right diagnosis

Second Opinions

A second opinion can be a game-changer for patients. While it is rare for a diagnosis to change from malignant to benign, a second opinion may reveal other information. Our team verifies whether your staging is correct, your tumor size is correct and your overall assessment is correct. All of these factors can affect which treatment options you are offered.

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If you have any questions, we have you covered. We have nurse navigators available to guide you through every step of your care. Request an appointment or speak to a nurse navigator by phone or online.

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Our Location

Head & Neck Cancer Clinic

Within our specialized clinics, we bring together our team of experts to care for you - mind, body and spirit - all under one roof. Each of our clinics are singularly focused on your specific needs and treatment.

Need Directions? The head and neck clinic is located in the main Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center on Floor 6 of our cancer center.

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Our care team brings medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons and other specialists together for each patient.

For whatever step is next,

Baptist MD Anderson is Here for You

Our team of experts are ready to help you navigate the whirlwind of emotions, options and decisions through every aspect of your care.

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Head and neck cancers frequently occur in places that are hard to see or feel. Screenings are a critical part of our battle against cancer.

Russell Smith, MD, FACS, Head & Neck Surgical Oncologist

Screenings are vitally important because they can help doctors diagnose cancer early, when it is at its most treatable stage.

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Head and neck cancers frequently occur in places that are hard to see or feel. Screenings are a critical part of our battle against cancer.

Russell Smith, MD, FACS, Head & Neck Surgical Oncologist

Screenings are vitally important because they can help doctors diagnose cancer early, when it is at its most treatable stage.