Our surgeons are fellowship trained in specialized treatment of head and neck disorders. The surgeons provide compassionate care, including minimally invasive procedures and modern imaging, as well as comprehensive treatment planning for head and neck cancers and surgical disorders of the thyroid and parathyroid glands.
Advanced Treatment for All Head and Neck Tumors
Our full range of advanced treatment options includes the latest technology and reconstructive techniques. Treatment is available for both malignant and benign head and neck tumors, including those that affect the following areas:
- Oral cavity
- Jaw/gum cancer
- Salivary glands
- Paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity
- Pharynx (throat)
- Larynx (voice box)
- Lymph nodes in the neck
- Thyroid and parathyroid
- Melanoma and aggressive skin cancers
- Skull base and pituitary
This year, an estimated 64,690 people (47,650 men and 17,040 women) will develop head and neck cancer.
Head and neck cancer accounts for about 4% of all cancers in the United States.
While younger people can develop the disease, most people are older than 50 when they are diagnosed.*
* Statistics provided by the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Unique Multidisciplinary Team Approach
Our multidisciplinary team approach brings together experts from multiple medical fields and support services to optimize outcomes. Depending on your case, your multidisciplinary team may include:
- Dental oncology
- Medical oncologists
- Physical therapists
- Radiation oncologists
- Microvascular reconstructive surgeons
- Social workers
- Speech-language pathologists
- Head and neck surgical oncologists (fellowship trained)
- Wound care experts
NATHAN W. HALES, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Hales is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist and is fellowship trained in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Thyroid and Parathyroid surgery. Fluent in Spanish and passionate about personalized patient care with heart. Born in Utah and raised in Texas, Dr. Hales completed his undergraduate studies at Texas A & M University (and remains a very enthusiastic Aggie!). He subsequently completed medical school at The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where he graduated with honors. He received his residency training in Otolaryngology and subsequent fellowship in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Hales is a service-oriented in his community as well as dedicated to our armed forces, serving as a civilian, Associate Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences-Combined Armed Forces Residency Training Program. Dr. Hales sees patients for the diagnosis and management of head and neck cancers with a special interest in thyroid and parathyroid surgery.
Individualized Care Coordination
A head and neck surgical oncologist in conjunction with the staff is responsible for coordination of care. In each case, patient care is individualized to promote healing and recovery.
EUGENE L. SON, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Eugene L. Son is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist and is fellowship trained in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Advanced Reconstruction. His subspecialty training has enabled him to diagnose and treat all head and neck tumors including ones arising in the thyroid gland and salivary glands. He is also trained in facial plastic reconstruction surgery. The defects he reconstructs vary from smaller skin cancer defects to larger, complex defects from advanced cancers of the head and neck. For these deformities, he is able to perform local tissue rearrangement, regional tissue transfer, and also microvascular free tissue transfer.
A key strength of this multidisciplinary approach is our weekly head and neck tumor conference, the setting for an in-depth group exploration of each case.
Working together to weigh all test results and options, the multidisciplinary team of specialists develops an individualized treatment plan for the patient.
Have questions about cancer services available in South Texas?
Methodist Healthcare in San Antonio treats throat cancer with a multidisciplinary approach to ensure the best possible outcomes for all patients. The two types of throat cancer are pharyngeal cancer, which is found in the pharynx, the hollow tube running from your nose to the top of your windpipe, and laryngeal cancer, which is found in the larynx, which is more commonly referred to as the voice box.
Throat cancer is relatively uncommon, although certain lifestyle choices can increase the risk of the disease. Smoking, poor dental hygiene and heavy alcohol consumption are all factors that increase the chances of contracting throat cancer.
Seek an appointment at Methodist Healthcare if you experience any of the following symptoms that do not improve over time:
- Coughing up blood
- Sore throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- A change or hoarseness in your voice
Treatment options may depend on the stage and location of cancer and can range from an endoscopy to a removal of infected areas of the throat.
Recovery from throat cancer can be a difficult process. Our caring and considerate staff is ready to help the patients and families in the San Antonio community in both the hospital and the home.