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Physical Exam

Key Information

Obvious lesions on the skin or mucosa; ulceration; size and location (especially if tumor crosses midline) of primary tumor(s); swelling; location of any masses or enlarged organs (organomegaly; hepatomegaly; splenomegaly); fixation of mass; invasion/erosion of bone; mobility of vocal cords (hoarseness); laterality, size and number of palpable lymph nodes, especially cervical or supraclavicular; evaluation of cranial nerves (for nasopharyngeal lesions), facial nerves (for salivary gland tumors)

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