Dr. Rao and his staff believe that informed patients are better equipped to make decisions regarding their health and well being. The American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, of which Dr. Rao has been a member since 2002, has a wealth of infomation covering an array of educational topics. Browse through the diagnoses and treatments to learn more about topics of interest to you.  You can access the patient health infomation here.

As always, you can contact our office to answer any questions or concerns.

Cancer of the lining of the nasal cavity and throat is known as nasopharyngeal cancer. This cancer usually appears in tandem with a virus affiliated with infectious mononucleosis. Because this cancer frequently spreads to the lymph nodes, it is often diagnosed from of a lump or swelling in the neck. This fast-growing cancer then spreads to the nose, mouth or pharynx, which can cause symptoms such as snoring, nosebleeds or hearing loss. In more advanced cases, the cancer spreads to the lungs, liver and bones of the skull. In addition to surgical removal of the cancerous tissue, this cancer typically requires radiation and/or chemotherapy treatment.