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Growths on the Head, Neck & Throat Treatment Information
We often remove benign tumors and other growths surgically. These abnormalities may involve the face and other sensitive areas. Our highly skilled physicians can remove growths and restore normal function and appearance. In many cases, we can remove a growth completely with little chance it will recur.
We may also use medicines to treat some abnormalities:
- Thyroid tumors. We work with endocrinologists to administer certain hormones that suppress tumor development.
- Sinus growths. Sometimes we use steroids to reduce sinus problems brought on by growths.
- Vocal cord polyps. Reflux (acid from the stomach coming up the esophagus) may irritate the vocal cords and cause polyps to develop. Drugs to control reflux will also help reduce the problem of polyps.
Surgery to remove benign growths does not usually require extensive follow-up treatment. When we have removed the growth and determined it is non-cancerous, there is no need for chemotherapy or radiation.
You may need therapy to help recover functions such as speech or swallowing after surgery. Recovery after surgery to remove polyps or nodules on the vocal cords may require speech therapy to help you learn to use your voice differently. These growths are often caused by improper use of the voice. Learning to use your voice normally helps prevent polyps or nodules from returning.
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Growths on the Head, Neck & Throat Support Services
Learning more about tumors, polyps and other growths can increase your understanding and help you work more effectively with your physician.
A Sampling of Growths on the Head, Neck & Throat Support Services
MedlinePlus: Neck Lumps
This National Institutes of Health website provides information about various lumps and growths in the head and neck.
MedlinePlus: Nasal Polyps
This National Institutes of Health website includes education about nasal polyps, a common type of benign growth.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
This site hosts useful information about nodes and polyps on the vocal cords, plus links to other relevant pages and websites.