Our services include diagnosis and treatment, along with speech and swallowing rehabilitation and audiometric follow-up; our team of specialists can help you and your family through what is typically a very stressful time.


To determine the existence of head or neck cancer and various benign conditions, we perform precise diagnostic tests. The tests may include imaging scans, biopsies to review potentially cancerous tissue samples, and endoscopies to review obstructions or growths in the throat. These tests help to identify the presence of abnormal cells.


The staging step involves assessing the extent of the condition when cancer cells have been identified to determine the most appropriate treatment plan. Cancer is categorized between Stage 0 and Stage 4, with Stage 4 being the most serious. Staging may involve imaging studies and additional tests to understand the scope of cancerous head and neck growths.

Tumor Board

A tumor board is a multidisciplinary team of specialists, including surgeons, oncologists (cancer specialists), and other experts. They collaborate to review each case, share insights, and collectively decide on the most effective treatment approach.


Treatment options for head and neck cancers may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, targeted therapy using specialized prescription medication, or a combination of these. The chosen approach depends on factors like the cancer type, stage, and overall patient health.

Speech and Swallowing Rehabilitation

Throat cancer surgery can alter a patient's voice box (larynx). After laryngeal cancer treatment, specialized speech and swallowing rehabilitation therapy may be necessary to help patients regain these critical skills.

Audiometric Follow-Up

Audiometry involves assessing hearing capabilities. Following head or neck surgery, especially in areas close to the ears, audiometric follow-up ensures any potential impact on hearing is monitored, and timely interventions are provided when needed.

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Head & Neck Cancer

Noticing a mass in the head and neck, tongue, throat, or thyroid can make one very anxious. Being informed this represents cancer can be even more stressful.

At San Antonio ENT, we have a team of experts, led by fellowship-trained head and neck surgeon, Dr.  Nathan W. Hales, who specializes in the multidisciplinary treatment of head & neck and thyroid cancers, as well as benign tumors of the head and neck.

From diagnosis, staging, tumor board, treatment, speech and swallowing rehabilitation, audiometric follow up to survival support groups, our team of specialists can help you and your family navigate through this time of stress.

Support Groups

Survivor support groups offer a valuable source of emotional support and shared experiences. These groups bring together individuals who have faced similar cancer challenges, fostering a sense of community and support to navigate the impact of surviving cancer and concerns about the future.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are benign tumors of the head and neck?

Benign tumors are non-cancerous growths that do not invade nearby tissues or spread. These tumors can develop in various structures in the head and neck, such as glands, muscles, or blood vessels.

What causes head and neck cancers, thyroid cancers, and benign tumors?

Causes vary, but factors like tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, exposure to certain chemicals, and genetic factors may contribute.

How can I recognize signs of head and neck cancer or thyroid issues?

For head and neck cancer, watch for symptoms like persistent sore throat, difficulty swallowing, changes in voice, or lumps in the neck. Thyroid issues can cause symptoms like unexplained weight loss or weight gain, irregular heartbeat, hair loss, and general fatigue.

Are there non-surgical options available for treating head and neck cancers?

Depending on the condition, various non-surgical options can be effective, including radiation therapy and chemotherapy. We focus on providing each patient with the most effective and least invasive treatment.

San Antonio ENT is Here for You

A head or neck mass is of great concern. At San Antonio ENT, we understand the impact a head or neck mass has on your peace of mind. When your life and health are at stake, you need medical professionals with the most advanced skills to guide you through treatment and recovery. Our experienced staff are dedicated and compassionate about our mission to ensure your well-being. We have been serving this community for over 20 years and have dedicated our professional lives to serving the people of San Antonio. Call us today to schedule a consultation.

With 3 convenient locations across the San Antonio area, we’re never far away.

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