As we approach fall and winter, we wish to update you on your ear nose and throat health. We recommend that you have your humidifiers inspected and cleaned. If you don't have one, this may be a good time to purchase. When heaters go on, so should humidifiers. In addition, nasal saline sprays and netty pots often times aid in healthy noses and throats. It is becoming increasingly well known how important good nasal breathing is for our overall health. I am sending a link to a recent story aired on CBS News, featuring James Nestor, author of the recent book, "Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art". It is very insightful and I hope you enjoy it.

We continue to take very strict COVID precautions. We have had no cases as a result anyone coming to our office or having surgery with us at Northwestern Hospital.
Flu season is rapidly approaching and strongly encourage the flu vaccine.
We are very pleased with our results of the Inspire(inspiresleep.com)procedure for sleep apnea. This has proven to be an excellent outpatient procedure for those who are not getting good results with CPAP.
As always, we offer a full range of services for your hearing health. We provide the most current technology for testing your hearing and providing the most appropriate hearing aids for each individual.
Please feel free to call the office(312-988-7777) for further information on all of the above or to set up an appointment. You may also send individual emails through our patient portal.

Wishing you all good health and safety,

Gordon J. Siegel, M.D.,FACS
Assistant Clinical Professor
Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery             
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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Head & Neck Cancer: What You Should Know

How your ENT specialists in Chicago, IL, can help if you have head and neck cancer

Head and neck cancer can be a scary diagnosis. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to providing the best outcome. Your ENT specialist is an expert at diagnosing and treating head and neck cancer.

Dr. Gordon Siegel and Dr. Amelia Rader at Midwest ENT in Chicago, IL, offer a wide range of ear, nose, and throat services including diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancer.

If you think you are at risk of head and neck cancer, there are some important facts you need to know, such as:

What are the signs and symptoms of head and neck cancer?

Head and neck cancer has several signs and symptoms to look out for, including:

  • Frequent earaches that don’t get better quickly
  • Frequent sore throats which last longer than 2 weeks
  • Frequent difficulty and pain when swallowing
  • Abnormal growth in your mouth or throat
  • Abnormal tissue in your mouth or throat
  • Moles that appear abnormal on your skin
  • Lymph nodes in your neck that remain swollen longer than 2 weeks

How can I help prevent head and neck cancer?

One of the best ways to prevent head and neck cancer is to avoid using tobacco products. Smoking and using chewing tobacco are two of the main contributors to head and neck cancer. You should also do a self-check of your head and neck regularly. You need to look for:

  • Swollen lymph nodes in your neck
  • Moles that are new, or have grown in size
  • Moles with an irregular shape or color

How is head and neck cancer treated?

Your ENT specialist offers several effective treatments for head and neck cancer, including:

  • Surgery to remove any cancerous tissue or growths
  • Radiation therapy to kill abnormal, precancerous, or cancerous cells
  • Immunotherapy to kill cancerous cells and stop future growth of cancer

We would like to inform you of a very special group of Northwestern physicians. We are called Northwestern Private Practice. We are all physicians with teaching appointments in the Feinberg Northwestern School of Medicine. We have the same privileges as the employed physicians. What we do not have, is a time limit on the services that we provide. In most cases, we can see our existing or new patients in a timely fashion. We have physicians in almost every field of medicine. We are committed to preserving the best quality of care.

Head and neck cancer can be scary, but there is hope! To learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancer, talk with the experts. Call Dr. Gordon Siegel and Dr. Amelia Rader at Midwest ENT in Chicago, IL. You can reach them in the office by calling (312) 988-7777, so call today!

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