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Neck Mass


Markey Cancer Center’s ear, nose and throat specialists—called otolaryngologists or ENTs—are experts at diagnosing and treating neck masses. Your doctor may send you to an ENT if you have a neck lump that is worrisome or isn’t responding to antibiotics.

Markey has provided state-of-the-art cancer care for more than 20 years, and we are proud to be the only cancer center in Kentucky designated by the National Cancer Institute. For the last five years, Markey Cancer Center has been nationally recognized as a top 50 cancer center by U.S. News and World Report.

Advanced Diagnostics and Treatment for Neck Masses

Neck masses should be checked by a healthcare provider who is an expert in diagnosing problems of the ear, nose and throat. While some of these lumps are not serious, they may be a sign of cancer.

We have advanced diagnostic tools, including biopsy and ultrasound in our office. We can quickly evaluate you and give you a diagnosis for your peace of mind.

Neck masses can be a sign of cancer of the:

  • Throat
  • Voice box
  • Thyroid
  • Salivary glands

Neck masses may also be a sign of cancer that has spread from other parts of the body.

Symptoms of Neck Masses

Neck lumps vary in size, shape and location. They may be hard or soft, and some are painful, while others are not.

For many people, the neck mass itself is the only symptom. Other symptoms that may accompany neck masses include:

  • Voice changes
  • Problems swallowing
  • Sore throat or cough
  • Ear pain
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Difficulty breathing

Make an Appointment

Request an appointment online or call 859-257-4488 or 866-340-4488 (toll free).

  • Your visit

    • For your first visit, you will be directed to the Ben F. Roach Cancer Care Facility (Pavilion CC) of the Markey Cancer Center. Get directions to the Ben F. Roach Cancer Care Facility.
    • You can register at the front desk, where a receptionist will help guide you through your appointment.
    • Free parking is available in the Whitney-Hendrickson parking lot.
    • Please remember to bring your patient packet with the completed forms. These items will help your doctor learn more about your case and determine the best plan for your care.
    • Review the patient handbook to learn about your stay and everything Markey offers for patients and families.
    • UK HealthCare accepts many forms of insurance.
  • Clinical trials

    Cancer clinical trials give our patients an opportunity to receive the latest treatments before they’re widely available. Each of our clinical trials is carefully researched and monitored by a team of physicians.

    Find a Clinical Trial

    Look at our database to find ongoing head and neck cancer clinical trials.

  • Locations

    Head, Neck and Respiratory Clinic

    roach building

    UK Markey Cancer Center

    Ben F. Roach Cancer Care Facility

    800 Rose St.
    Second Floor
    Lexington, KY 40536

    Call 859-257-4488

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