A 43-year-old member asked:
my mother has cancer in the throat area that one doctor has said already metastasized in both lymph nodes? what course of action should we take?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Andrew Turrisi answered
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Sounds like: Oropharynx (base of tongue, tonsil, hypopharynx, supraglottic larynx as primary, there are chains of nodes on both sides of the neck, the more & the bigger involved, the less favorable. Hx: smoking/alcohol: if not hpv genome check in tumor. Standard: chemo/rt. Some prefer chemo first, then chem/rt with neck dissection to follow, especially for residual nodes.
Answered on Sep 28, 2012
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