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How Many People Are Diagnosed With Throat Cancer
Obviously Not enough: This topic should be covered as part of sexual education for teenagers. I am treating now a very young patient with hpv+ tonsillar cancer. The incidence of hpv+ head and neck cancer continues to increase and this is not something that can be underestimated.See 1 more doctor answer
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
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Many causes: Smoking tobacco, alcohol abuse, hpv, ebv, asbestos exposure, and several other environmental causes, including radiation and hazardous material are related. Genetics also plays a role, with increased risk of developing cancer in patients with certain genetic predispositions.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Most patients treated for throat cancers are treated with curative intent. If the disease has spread to other organs, lungs usually, then cure is not thought possible. Patients with an extensive bulk of disease also have lower chances of survival but are frequently still treated with the hopes of cure. Good luck.
Depends on site: There are multiple areas in the throat that may be affected by cancer and each site has different symptoms. The general symptoms include difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, pain in the throat, enlarged tonsils and in some cases first symptoms may be enlarged nodes due to mets. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/oral-and-throat-cancer/ds00349.See 1 more doctor answer
Depends on Stage: Staging is the process of finding out how widespread a cancer is within the body at the time of diagnosis. Depending on the cancer type, a history and physical exam, biopsy, imaging studies, and blood tests may be used to determine stage. The stage will help doctors determine prognosis and the best course of treatment for a patient. Many advanced tumors of the head and neck are curable.
Hope for a cure: Locally, the disease may kill by invading a large vein, becoming infected, or making swallowing so difficult that malnutrition results. This is the 21st century and while we cannot cure all throat cancers, everyone can hope for good supportive care, and should it be necessary, humane comfort measures at the end. Good luck.
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