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What is throat cancer?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Cancer in the throat: The throat is the area known as the "pharynx". The pharynx is divided into 3 parts. The area behind the nose (nasopharynx), the area behind the mouth (oropharynx) and the area around the voice box (laryngopharynx). Cancers that occur in any of these areas can be considered a throat cancer.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
The throat is: A complex anatomic site that begins at the tonsils and ends at the cricopharygeus muscle. Between lives the glottis (voice box), and the muscles and structures separating the airway from the swallowing tube. The base of the tongue dead-ends into the vallecula, and the epiglottis lives behind it: it closes when we swallow; opens to breathe or speak. Smoking/alcohol and hpv virus can cause ca.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

Could it be that my grandfather has throat cancer?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
A sore throat: That does not go away, sometimes causing pain feferred to the ear, often associated with "lumps in the neck" and change in voice quality or difficulty swallowing are signs of throat cancer, especially in heavy smokers and drinkers.
A 49-year-old member asked:

Is throat cancer cureable?

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Dr. A Daniel Pinheiro
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 26 years experience
Good prognosis: Most "throat" cancers can be cured. Even advanced stage iva cancer can be cured and cure rates are better for throat cancer than they are for cancer at other sites (lung, esophagus, pancreas). More advanced stages usually require more than one therapy modality. Early stage cancers can be treated with surgery or radiation alone. More advanced cancers may require surgery followed by chemoradiation.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can throat cancer be cured?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: This may include surgery, radiation therapy, and/or chemotherapy.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What causes throat cancer?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Genes, smoking: Genetics plays a role, but among things that you can control, people who smoke and drink alcohol regularly are at much higher risk. Certain types of hpv infection also increase the risk of developing cancer.
A 24-year-old member asked:

What should I be looking for if I am looking for throat cancer?

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Dr. Michael Mirochna
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Blood: Throat cancer can be silent or produce symptoms. Cough with blood, difficulty swallowing, enlarged neck lymph nodes, hoarseness are a few. Sometimes a barium swallow can be helpful, but an exam with a nasolaryngoscope by an ENT doctor is very beneficial.

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