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Head and Neck Cancer

Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Nose and Nasal Reconstruction

by Dr. Hootan Zandifar
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I have a small bump on my nose. My doctor says it is basal cell carcinoma and I should have it removed. What should I expect to happen when I get it removed? Case study  A patient in his forties noted a growing bump on the side of his nose. The mass was biopsied and […]

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Accessory Parotid Gland Tumor Surgery

by Dr. Ryan Osborne
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  Is there an alternative to parotidectomy for accessory parotid gland tumor surgery? Question: I recently made an appointment with my primary care physician because I began to experience swelling of my cheek. After some tests and imaging I was told that I had a mass growing near my parotid gland. My doctor referred me […]

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Skin Cancer: Squamous Cell Carcinoma

by Dr. Hootan Zandifar
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  Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common type of skin cancer, after basal cell carcinoma. Over 700,000 new cases of SCC are diagnosed per year in the United States. This form of cancer is potentially disfiguring and has a high potential for spread (metastasis) within the body, including the internal organs. SCC […]

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Vinnie Jones Diagnosed with Melanoma

by Dr. Hootan Zandifar
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  Skin cancer remains a real danger, despite aggressive campaigns aimed at increasing awareness and education. Actor and former soccer player Vinnie Jones has told British newspapers that he has had several skin tumors removed from his face and back. Jones mentioned that his disease was diagnosed after he first noticed an irregular blemish near […]

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Basal Cell Carcinoma- Detection and Treatment

by Dr. Hootan Zandifar
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  Hugh Jackman, the star of X-men and Wolverine, recently confirmed he underwent treatment for basal cell carcinoma. The actor stated he finally had a spot on his nose evaluated due to his wife’s insistence. This spot unfortunately turned out to be cancerous.  He shared a picture of his bandaged nose, after undergoing surgical treatment […]

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HPV of the throat: How are adults affected?

by Dr. Ryan Osborne
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  Human papilloma virus (HPV) is a virus that causes many different diseases. Most women become familiar with this virus when a routine pap smear turns up unexpectedly abnormal. This often occurs when HPV infects the cervix, causing the cells to change, and resulting in a risk of developing cervical cancer. Attention is now being […]

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HPV & Head and Neck Cancer: Michael Douglas States Cancer Was Due to Oral Sex

by Dr. Ryan Osborne
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  When actor Michael Douglas first revealed he suffered from stage IV tongue cancer in August of 2011, the primary focus was on the aggressive treatment that would be required. Now cancer-free, he recently released a statement that his cancer was caused by oral sex. “Without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused […]

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Brooke Burke: Diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer

by Dr. Ryan Osborne
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  Dancing with the Stars alumna, Brooke Burke, recently announced her diagnosis of thyroid cancer.  In a statement she posted on YouTube, she stated: “I need to have thyroid surgery … which means I’m going to have a nice big scar right here across my neck… I don’t get to just walk around and pretend […]

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Teens and Tanning- What are the risks?

by Eun Jin Kim
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  Summer is here once again; that means school is out and it is time to enjoy the sun…or is it? In a culture where being tan is considered “healthy” and “attractive”, more than 2.3 million teens are jumping into tanning beds each year, ensuring the success of thousands of tanning salons. Instant tanning sounds […]

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Adam Yauch and Parotid Cancer: Facts and Myths

by Dr. Ryan Osborne
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  In the wake of the death of Beastie Boys singer Adam Yauch, there have been many questions about parotid cancer.  As a specialist in the treatment of benign and malignant salivary gland disease, this is something that comes into my office on a daily basis.  This tragedy can teach us much about salivary gland […]

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Parotid Gland Surgery – Treatment of Complications

by Dr. Ryan Osborne
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What are some reasons for pain after a parotid surgery? Question: I had a parotidectomy several years ago and I still have pain around my neck incision and it extends to where my parotid gland used to be. The pain is constant and if I push on that area it is excruciating. The surgeon says […]

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