Head & Neck Cancer Videos
Dr. Eduardo Mendez
Dr. Eduardo Mendez is an expert in the surgical treatment of head and neck cancers, including minimally invasive robotic surgery of transoral cancers. In this video, he discusses how Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is a referral center for 5 states in the Pacific Northwest and how SCCA's oncology teams have established high expertise on difficult cases that present in the region. He also discusses how minimally invasive surgery allows surgeons at SCCA to access head and neck tumors that would otherwise be inaccessible using common techniques. This means that patients can expect to retain speech and swallowing functions.
Early Symptoms of Throat Cancer
Drs. Eddie Mendez and Neil Futran, both head and neck cancer surgical oncologists, discuss the diagnosis and treatment of throat cancer. Although there has been a rise in tumors associated with Human Papillomavirus (HPV), there is also a better response rate for tumors that are in the back of the throat. Throat cancer can go undetected in early stages because there are less pain receptors in that area, so the first indicators that something is wrong include irritation that lasts more than a few weeks or difficulty swallowing. Because throat cancers affect critical functions such as speech, swallowing and appearance, treatment options are chosen to maximize these functions. Treatment options include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.
Oral Cancer Survivor Scott Morris
Scott Morris discusses being diagnosed and treated for oral cancer at SCCA. Scott was initially diagnosed and treated where he lives in Spokane, but was referred to Dr. Neil Futran at the University of Washington Medical Center when he wanted a second opinion on post-surgery recommendations. Scott was impressed with his personalized care from his first phone call with Dr. Futran. Scott was diagnosed at stage IV, and underwent a second tonsillectomy where they found more microscopic cancer. Doctors Futran and Mendez guided him through the challenging decision between his treatment options. Scott was treated with a caring, understanding and warmth by all the staff that he had not before experienced in health care, and has since encouraged five of his friends to get treatment at the University of Washington Medical Center and SCCA.