Head and Neck Surgery
Vera Martin received life-saving surgery after cancer cells she thought had been
removed spread into her eye and almost reached her brain.
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Roberto Johnson was diagnosed with oral cancer in 2014. He received what he considers
to be life-saving medical care from Rui Fernandes, MD.
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UF Health Head and Neck Surgery – Jacksonville offers patients
cutting-edge technology and the latest surgical procedures in the treatment of head
and neck cancers. An interdisciplinary team approach is used to ensure that each
patient receives accurate, timely and comprehensive care, with the ultimate goal
of improving their quality of life.
More than 70,000 Americans are diagnosed with head and neck cancers each year. These
include cancers of the mouth, lip and tongue, throat and larynx or voice box. Men
are nearly three times more likely to develop these diseases than women. Early symptoms
may include the discovery of lumps, hoarseness, swelling, numbness, sore throat
or trouble moving the jaw or swallowing. The most common risk factors are smoking,
chewing smokeless tobacco products and excessive alcohol consumption.
University of Florida head and neck surgeons are skilled in the resection of complex
cancers of the head and neck as well as in the reconstruction of the most challenging
defects. We offer the gold standard in reconstruction by having experienced microvascular
surgeons devoted to head and neck reconstruction.
UF physicians a number of advanced treatment options for various forms of head and
neck cancer that include:
- Hypopharyngeal cancer
- Laryngeal cancer
- Lip and oral cavity cancer
- Nasopharyngeal cancer
- Oropharyngeal cancer
- Paranasal sinus and nasal cavity cancer
- Salivary gland cancer
- Soft tissue sarcoma
- Skin cancers of the head and neck (melanoma,
squamous cell, basal cell, merkel cell, etc.)
- Thyroid cancer