Monday, June 23, 2014

Loyola ENT surgeon discusses head and neck cancers

Dr. James Jaber, an ear, nose and throat surgeon and cancer specialist, was drawn to Loyola because of his Ignatian education. He talks about how 90 percent of the head and neck cancers that he and his team treat is squamous cell carcinoma. They also treat benign tumors of the salivary glands.

Of all the cancers diagnosed in the U.S. each year, 3 percent are head and neck cancers. Early warning signs are neck masses, changes over time in chewing patterns or the voice, difficulty swallowing, ear pain or pain elsewhere. Having a team with a multidisciplinary approach, such as Loyola, is so important in treating these conditions, Dr. Jaber said. He talks about how salivary gland and thyroid cancers have strong environmental and genetic components. However, there are two classes of squamous cell carcinoma that are linked to smoking and drinking alcohol.

He is currently conducting research on the relationship between HPV and oral cancers. He talks about how his team meets once a week to discuss each patient's case and decide the best approach for that condition. Dr. Jaber is an expert in minimally invasive thyroid surgery and transoral robotic surgery. He's looking forward to better drugs in the future to eradicate squamous cell carcinoma.

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About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.