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What does cancer of the tonsils look like?

What does cancer of the tonsils look like?

Tonsil cancer: Hello, the appearance of cancer in the tonsil usually looks like a ulcer, asymmetric, reddish and often bleeds. This lesion would also be very painful. However, tonsil cancer may be present and the tonsil may look completely normal. So a normal appearing tonsil does not guarantee cancer isn't present. See your ENT doctor for a complete evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Help please! Is cancer of the tonsils very common?

Help please! Is cancer of the tonsils very common?

Tonsil cancer: More common in heavy alcohol drinkers and smokers. Becoming more common with HPV 16 disease. Squamous cell carcinoma most common, some lymphomas ...Read more

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Could inflamed tonsils for months turn into tonsil cancer?

Could inflamed tonsils for months turn into tonsil cancer?

Usually not: Usually not - cancer is rare.

Inflammed tonsils are painful and very rarely the pain of cancer may mimic the same discomfort in the throat and have difficulty with swallowing.

In the us, women are showing an in increased risk of oropharyngeal cancers that has been attributed to hpv-16 virus infections due to oral sexual practices

please see your doc or an ENT specialist for more answers. ...Read more

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If I have uneven, misshappen ulcerated tonsils, is this a sign of cancer?

If I have uneven, misshappen ulcerated tonsils, is this a sign of cancer?

Possible: To know that the tonsils are misshappen and ulcerated suggests that there were symptoms requiring evaluation. Misshapen and ulcerated suggests that there is a definined infection causing this problem or that a malignant process is taking place. Squamous cell carcinoma is not uncommon nor is lymphoma. Considering the possibility of tumor development, biopsy is a requirement. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood that 'very fibrotic tonsils with debrees' would indicate tonsil cancer?

What is the likelihood that 'very fibrotic tonsils with debrees' would indicate tonsil cancer?

Rare: But why torture yourself with worry. We can't examine you in this forum. Your best best course of action would be to see an ENT, Otolaryngologist, a throats specialist, for examination and decision as to whether or not definitive treatment is indicated. ...Read more

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I am getting tonsillectomy tommorow will they test my tonsils for cancer?

I am getting tonsillectomy tommorow will they test my tonsils for cancer?

Yes: The tissue will undergo pathological studies that reveal both obvious and obscure diagnoses. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a friend that has a big piece missing out of his tonsils and he can put his pointer finger through it can that be harmful or cancer.

Hi, I have a friend that has a big piece missing out of his tonsils and he can put his pointer finger through it can that be harmful or cancer.

Not cancer: The tonsil is a lymphl structure used to help control infection of the in young children. With repeated inflammation it enlarges and may impair swallowing The tonsils as such are removed by a snaring procedure. When removed the residual bed of the pharynx remains. One cant put their finger thru the area. Just behind the tonsillar bed is the internal carotid artery which can be injured easily ...Read more

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My PET read. Symetric intense increase uptake in the bilateral palatine lingual tonsils. Hypermetobolic prominent level 2&5 nodes reactive. Cancer?

My PET read. Symetric intense increase uptake in the bilateral palatine lingual tonsils. Hypermetobolic prominent level 2&5 nodes reactive. Cancer?

Unlikely tobe cancer: This PET report looks more like Tonsitlitis (Sore throat or Phayngitis). A clinical examination by a doctor will be more useful to make the correct diagnosis rather than relying on a PET scan. Let your PCP or ENT doctor guide you. Unless there are large lymph nodes in your neck, I would not think that you have cancer. ...Read more

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My lingual tonsils on one side are very large, and looks like a mass growing there. Could this be cancer?

Need to examine: If one of the tonsils became larger recently and the size is increasing, that would be a cause for concern. However it is not feasible to provide an opinion without examining you. What you described warrants examination by a doctor. ...Read more

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Asymmetrical tonsils. 1 has been big for yrs now. Should I get a second opinion at ent? Still worried it's cancer. Scared it's going to get bigger.

Asymmetrical tonsils. 1 has been big for yrs now. Should I get a second opinion at ent? Still worried it's cancer. Scared it's going to get bigger.

Please stop this: You've got the obsessive idea that you have cancer with no basis whatsoever. I think this is the 3rd time. Cancer in a tonsil enlarges rapidly, over weeks or at most months, and is obviously abnormal. Many people have ideas they can't get rid of; they are like earworms and there are specialists who can help you get these out of your mind. Please take advantage of this. Best wishes. ...Read more

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L tonsil 3+ r is 2+ been this way long time. Ent & 2other drs seen it. My ENT didn't seem concerned. Is asymmetrical tonsils always cancer? Why 1 big?

We're not symmetric!: You've done the right thing by seeing an ent, and if the specialist isn't concerned, you shouldn't be either. We humans are not even, so one foot or one breast or one tonsil is often bigger than the other. It's nothing to worry about if it's been that way a long time. New changes in size causing asymmetry (in either a breast or tonsil) are when we worry about cancer! stay calm and be well! ...Read more

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What is the normal range for asymmetrical tonsils? Ent didn't order any testing says he's 95% sure it's not cancer. Still worried. Should I trust him?

What is the normal range for asymmetrical tonsils? Ent didn't order any testing says he's 95% sure it's not cancer. Still worried. Should I trust him?

Get a second opinion: If you are worried. It is always good to have an additional opinion, if you are concerned that this could be cancer. 95% means that there is 5% chance that this is cancer. ...Read more

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My ENT says my tonsils are normal even though one is quite bigger than other. Watching it for 6 mos to see. Concerned that it may b cancer from readin?

My ENT says my tonsils are normal even though one is quite bigger than other. Watching it for 6 mos to see. Concerned that it may b cancer from readin?

ENT knows better: An ENT specialist is the best qualified person to evaluate your tonsils. This forum is not a good way to second guess your ent, as it does not allow examination of your throat. ...Read more

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Beside having oral HPV will chronic tonsillitis turn tonsil cancer? Can you get tonsil cancer with no tonsils?

Beside having oral HPV will chronic tonsillitis turn tonsil cancer? Can you get tonsil cancer with no tonsils?

The tonsil is a: Location that houses lymphoid tissues called "tonsils", but the hpv virus inhabits the lining squamous mucosa of the throat, and the tonsils are part of that. Many are infected, few develop invasive cancer. The virus can spread by kissing. ...Read more

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My tongue it's white with tonsils inflamed, it's so painful, and more saliva semi liquid, is that tongue cancer or stomatitis?

My tongue it's white with tonsils inflamed, it's so painful, and more saliva semi liquid, is that tongue cancer or stomatitis?

Don't fear the worst: See your dentist for a definitive diagnosis. There are so many possibilities and almost all of them are not serious and easily treated. Your symptoms do not suggest a cancerous lesion to me. The quickest way to feel better and allay your fears is to see your dentist. ...Read more

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Why do I keep getting bumps on my tonsils? I have gotten three bumps in the last 2mos. Ent 1st nothing now wants to remove them. Cancer?

Why do I keep getting bumps on my tonsils? I have gotten three bumps in the last 2mos. Ent 1st nothing now wants to remove them. Cancer?

Need dx: The tonsil represent an accumulation of lymphatic tis gsue in the throat designed to help control infection. The gland is always succeptible to inflammatory changes but squaumous Ca and lymphoma are not uncommon. The best appraoch is to biopsy the lumps for dx. If tumor then for the most part radiation alone or with chemo utilized Complete H&N exam needed for proper decision. ...Read more

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Is it true that people who suffer from chronic tonsillitis also have asymmetric tonsils? Having asymmetric tonsils and oral hpv=tonsil cancer true?

Symmetric tonsils: Are an anomaly and its normal to have asymmetric tonsils. As far as developing cancer, best to have your concerns evaluated by a local doctor. ...Read more

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I'm 19, tonsils have been hurting for almost 3 weeks. Now it's only the one. It has sores on them and my ear hurts too. Cancer? What is this?

I'm 19, tonsils have been hurting for almost 3 weeks. Now it's only the one. It has sores on them and my ear hurts too. Cancer? What is this?

Please see your: Doctor if you haven't already or if you have and your symptoms are worse, no better, or changing. You should have them re-check you. This does not sound like cancer, but like a viral infection, but without seeing your throat and ears and knowing if you've had other testing done, I can't tell you for sure what you have. ...Read more

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What is the realistic chances I have tonsil cancer. If my tonsils bleed? I'm 22 and don't drink or smoke I do have white spots in tonsil crypts though

What is the realistic chances I have tonsil cancer. If my tonsils bleed? I'm 22 and don't drink or smoke I do have white spots in tonsil crypts though

Infection more likel: Rarely epstein barr virus causes cancer in the tonsils, in young persons. However, what you described is more likely to be a chronic infection. Please consult a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Chances of tonsil cancer in a 27 year old that has autoimmune disease; who is a non smoker? Ent and primary has seen my unilateral tonsils, no concern

I would not worry: If your ENT is not worried, you should not worry.

Doctors are like the workman who only has a hammer and to whom everything looks like a nail. If that workman tells you that you don't have a nail, you can be darned sure you don't have a nail.

Your ENT takes out tonsils. If he tells you your tonsils don't need taking out, they don't need taking out. ...Read more

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My breath smells weird. Almost like when a person has their tonsils removed. Is this in any way a sign of brain tumor or cancer?

Absolutely Not: The vehicle you are driving, commonly called a body, is fantastically complex engineering and most of what is going on inside quite hidden. While there are complex relationships between internal processes & outward appearances, odors, etc, what is near the surface is mostly a result of what is on the surface. The odor of our breath is a function of what’s in the saliva & bacteria living there. ...Read more

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My sore is above where my tonsils used to be, but before the uvula. Ulcer, saliva gland, cancer? Home remedies? It hurts to eat and yawn!

My sore is above where my tonsils used to be, but before the uvula. Ulcer, saliva gland, cancer? Home remedies? It hurts to eat and yawn!

Sore above tonsils: It's impossible to make a diagnosis without a visual and clinical exam. Any sore in the mouth that does not heal in 7-10 days needs to be examined.
Make an appointment with your dentist, an oral surgeon, or an ENT specialist for an examination. ...Read more

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Ent says asymetrical tonsils r normal. Upper mouth sensitivity same side larger tonsil. Same side tongue pain. No lesion. Could this b cancer?

Ent says asymetrical tonsils r normal. Upper mouth sensitivity same side larger tonsil. Same side tongue pain. No lesion. Could this b cancer?

Sensitivity & tongue: This cannot be determined without a clinical examination and additional information.
Make an appointment with your dentist or an oral surgeon for a thorough examination. ...Read more

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Seen ENT 4 asymetrical tonsils, normal. Tongue pain same side as larger tonsil ENT says no lesion. Now upper mouth pain r side. Tonsil cancer metasis?

Seen ENT 4 asymetrical tonsils, normal. Tongue pain same side as larger tonsil ENT says no lesion. Now upper mouth pain r side. Tonsil cancer metasis?

No: The tonsil is an aggragate of lymphocytes to help protect against oral bacteria. When one side is enlarged there could be a lesion but ulceration would be seen or some evidence of a destructive process. With tumor, spread to the ipsilateral side lymph nodes would be seen. And easily identified. Upper mouth pain is most frequently seen with inflammation. ...Read more