If I see an otolaryngologist, what can I expect from his/her examination?

The physician will question you regarding your past and present medical history, surgeries, present medications, and allergies. Questions regarding your current symptoms, how long have you had these symptoms, and what you have done to treat or tolerate these symptoms will be reviewed. After this history taking, an examination of your ears, nose and throat will be performed. Oftentimes a telescope (laryngoscope) will be used to better visualize your nose and throat. Based on the information obtained from this examination, a biopsy, x-rays, CAT scan, MRI, or possibly surgery may be recommended. This information will better aid the physician in making a diagnosis and developing a head and neck cancer treatment plan.