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Radical Neck Dissection

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Doctors recommend radical neck dissection for some patients when oral cancer has spread widely in the neck to the lymph nodes. During the procedure, the lymph nodes are removed along with muscle and surrounding structures, such as the jugular vein, and muscles and nerves used for face, neck and shoulder movement, and speech and swallowing. While radical neck dissection is effective in eliminating cancer, it may require rehabilitation. Florida Hospital Cancer Institute treats patients with severe forms of cancer. Our interdisciplinary team provides care for the whole person—mind, body and spirit for faster healing. Schedule an appointment today.

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For patients with severe cancer that is widely spread in the neck, doctors may recommend radical neck dissection. This procedure removes the tissue in either one side of the neck or both sides of the neck depending on where the cancer is located.

During the radical neck dissection procedure, skilled surgeons may remove these structures:

  • Lymph nodes on one or both sides of the neck
  • Muscle between the collarbone and jawbone
  • Jugular vein
  • Muscles/nerves that control movement in the face, neck and shoulder, as well as speech and swallowing.

Doctors at Florida Hospital provide this lifesaving procedure our patients. Radical neck dissection may be accompanied by other related cancer treatments and rehabilitation. Florida Hospital works with patients to develop an effective treatment plan fit to the needs and health of the patient. See if the skilled team of top oncologists at Florida Hospital can provide advanced treatment options for your condition. 

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