Regarding malignant tumors, of note is the fact that in recent years, the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) positive oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma has reached epidemic proportions. HPV currently accounts for the majority of patients with primary oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma, taking precedence over well-known factors, such as smoking and alcohol consumption.
Our expert and experienced healthcare providers evaluate a patient’s medical history, perform a physical examination, and order diagnostic tests as part of a thorough work-up essential in the attempt to determine the origin and extent of the head and neck tumor.
The exams and tests performed may vary depending on the location and presentation of the mass. A biopsy and examination of the tissue under the microscope may be warranted to arrive at a diagnosis.
The correct diagnosis of the mass and later staging of the tumor, if it is malignant, are essential steps in providing the patient with the precise and most effective treatment.