The ENT Specialty Group Specializes in many facets of Head and Neck Surgery. It includes amongst its specialists, several Surgeons who have Fellowship (sub-specialty) training in all aspects of Head and Neck Cancer care.
Head and Neck Tumors ; which they look after comprehensively from diagnosis through to complete treatment, includes: mouth and throat cancers, benign and malignant thyroid and salivary gland tumors (parotid and sub-mandibular glands), parathyroid tumors, and advanced skin cancers. These surgeons also have advanced training in the plastic and reconstructive aspects of surgical treatment. This expertise allows them to provide the restorative part of the overall therapy.
The Clinic at ENT Specialty Group is fully equipped to provide the initial evaluation and assessment of a patient who is concerned about a Head and Neck lump or lymph node, most of which are not related to cancer. If required, many of the biopsies can be performed on the spot. The Surgeons all practice at the McGill University or CHUM hospitals and, therefore, have a direct link to their Head and Neck Tumor clinics at the hospitals. This allows for a rapid and seamless transfer for further work-up and treatment when required.
Face and neck are the most common areas on the body affected by skin cancer. There are a variety of skin cancers, majority of them are not very aggressive (such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma), however some can be very invasive (such as melanoma and Merkel cell carcinoma). A suspicious lesion usually needs to be biopsied to make sure its not a cancer. If necessary, imaging (such as an ultrasound or a CT scan) might need to be ordered. At ENT Specialty Group, our team of experienced surgical oncologists have the expertise in the workup and management of all varieties of skin cancers. We work very closely with experienced dermatologists (including MOHs surgeons) and medical oncologists, and have access to all types of state of the art treatments, including complex surgical techniques and immunotherapy.
Treatment of head and neck cancer can sometimes necessitate complex reconstructive techniques. The primary goal of such a reconstruction is restoring quality of life after cancer. This includes restoring normal speech and swallowing, as well preserving normal cosmetic appearance. At ENT specialty Group, our team of experienced fellowship trained reconstructive surgeons have the expertise to reconstruct the most complex deficits. The team has extensive experience in local skin flaps and grafts, as well as microvascular reconstructive techniques (such as free flaps and tissues borrowed from another body site to reconstruct the face and jaw). We are also pioneers in 3D reconstruction, tissue engineering and custom made implants.
If any abnormal lumps are detected in your neck lymph nodes, parotid gland, submandibular gland or thyroid gland; an ultrasound will be used to see these regions more clearly and will allow your ENT surgeon to perform a fine needle biopsy. This is a very precise and accurate way to achieve a rapid diagnosis.
You may also be sent for special types of xrays, such as a: CT scan, MRI scan or PET/CT scan.