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

Signs of Head & Neck Cancer

How your ENT specialists in Chicago, IL, diagnose and treat head and neck cancer

Cancer is a scary diagnosis, and the keys to healing and survival are early diagnosis and early treatment. This is especially true of head and neck cancer. It’s important to know what to look for because you will most likely be the first person to notice signs and symptoms of head and neck cancer.

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

Head and neck cancer has several signs and symptoms for you to pay attention to, including:

  • Painful and difficult swallowing
  • Earaches that happen frequently and take time to resolve
  • Sore throats that happen frequently and last longer than 2 weeks
  • Abnormal tissue or a growth in your mouth or throat
  • Abnormal looking moles on your skin
  • Swollen lymph nodes in your neck that don’t resolve

Doing a self-check of your skin is an important way to identify potential cancer in its early stages. You need to look for:

  • Abnormal, scaly patches of skin
  • Moles with a diameter greater than 6 millimeters
  • Moles with an irregular, ragged border
  • New moles, or moles that have reappeared after the previous removal

Another excellent way to prevent head and neck cancer is to avoid using tobacco products. Tobacco use and smoking are direct contributors to many serious health conditions, including head and neck cancer.

If you think you may have head and neck cancer, visiting your ENT specialist as soon as you can is important. Don’t delay seeking out a diagnosis. If you do have head and neck cancer, your ENT specialist can help you.

Professional treatment for head and neck cancer often includes:

  • Surgery to remove precancerous or cancerous tissue or growths
  • Radiation treatment to kill abnormal or precancerous, or cancerous cells
  • Immunotherapy to stop the growth of cancerous cells

Your ENT specialists are there when you need them, and are experts at treating head and neck cancer. To find out more about head and neck cancer, call Drs. Gordon Siegel and Amelia Rader at Midwest ENT in Chicago, IL. You can reach them by calling (312) 988-7777, so call now!

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