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Is esophageal cancer the same as throat cancer?

Is esophageal cancer the same as throat cancer?

No,: Throat cancers generally arise in the larynx or voice box but can also involve other areas of the "throat" such as the tonsils or pyriform sinus. Esophageal cancer involves the esophagus or swallowing tube. High esophageal cancers are uncommon, but can occur in the neck. The most common presentation today for esophageal cancer is in the junction with the stomach.

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Would someone with esophageal or throat cancer have abnormal blood results?

Would someone with esophageal or throat cancer have abnormal blood results?

Not necessary: Most early cancers have normal blood results. Blood results only change when cancer is far advanced or metastatic.

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What might be symptoms of throat or esophageal cancer?

What might be symptoms of throat or esophageal cancer?

Swallowing problems: There may be a feeling of lump in the throat, difficulty swallowing, regurgitation of food, weight loss, fatigue, anemia.

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Does eating beef jerky every day lead to throat or esophageal cancer?

Does eating beef jerky every day lead to throat or esophageal cancer?

Depends: Esophageal cancer is caused by a number of factors. Eating smoked or cured meats has been shown to be a risk factor for developing esophageal cancer in many studies. Other risk factors include smoking, alcohol use and chronic acid reflux from the stomach. So I would encourage you to find a new favorite food. :).

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What blood changes would be seen in advanced throat or esophageal cancer?

What blood changes would be seen in advanced throat or esophageal cancer?

Possibly none: Anemia if occult bleeding chronically. White count elevation if hidden infection. If treated with chemo or radiation, then blood counts maybe affected.

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Is this esophageal cancer? 21 years old. Black tarry stools, bad acid reflux, discomfort in chest and throat area

Is this esophageal cancer? 21 years old. Black tarry stools, bad acid reflux, discomfort in chest and throat area

Please see your: Doctor as soon as possible. This is probably not esophageal cancer at your age, but black tarry stools can signify bleeding in the intestinal tract. With acid reflux symptoms and the stools, you need to rule out an ulcer that is bleeding. If you don't have your own doctor to see today, please go to the emergency room.

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If lump in throat feeling went away after a few weeks, does that rule out it being caused by esophageal cancer? History of sternum tenderness & GERD.

If lump in throat feeling went away after a few weeks, does that rule out it being caused by esophageal cancer? History of sternum tenderness & GERD.

See GI physician: The best way to rule out esophageal ca is to have an examination EGD done by a GI physician. You probably don't have cancer.

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Is it actually true that an MRI of the neck will detect esophageal cancer?

Is it actually true that an MRI of the neck will detect esophageal cancer?

See answer: The majority of the esophagus is in the chest, not the neck. Depending on the field of view, the esophagus may not be included in the scanned territory. The best way to assess esophageal carcinoma is with endoscopy, not MRI – talk to your gastroenterologist.

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Can I have throat cancer at age 14?

Can I have throat cancer at age 14?

Throat cancer: Unlikely at your age, but if you are having a problem and it has lasted longer than 10 days, you should see your dentist, an oral surgeon or an ENT specialist for an examination.

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What can result from throat cancer?

What can result from throat cancer?

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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Can sweetner give you throat cancer?

Can sweetner give you throat cancer?

Depends: What type of sweetener are you referring to? Honey? Artificial sweetener? Throat cancer is more commonly associated with alcohol and smoking….

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How can I tell if I have throat cancer?

Obvious lesion: Any mass in the throat needs to be seen. A clear white or red patch that lasts more than 2 weeks or that you just discovered and doesn't hurt needs to be seen. Most worrisome are painless cauliflower-like masses or ulcers. Having a "lump in your throat" when you get emotional isn't cancer. Good luck, and get seen if you are concerned.

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How do I know if I have throat cancer?

How do I know if I have throat cancer?

Symptoms: Some symptoms are persistent throat pain, difficulty or painful swallowing, neck lump, shortness of breath. See ENT doc ASAP for evaluation.

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What are the odds I have oral or throat cancer?

What are the odds I have oral or throat cancer?

Low: You have not provided much information. Age, use of tobacco and alcohol, oral hygiene, hpv infection, oral plaques or ulcers, any mass or lump? If you do not use tobacco or drink, the risk of oral or throat cancer is very low.

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What are some of the symptoms of throat cancer?

What are some of the symptoms of throat cancer?

Trouble with: Voice change; swallowing; breathing. Throat begins at yout tonsils, ends at the cricoid cartilage with the swallowing tube in the back, and the larynx, true voacl cors below, supraglottis above. The valecula lives in from of the epiglottis, behind the base of your tongue. The little doo-dad that hangs down, the uvual, is part of the soft palate.

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How to know you tell if you have throat cancer?

How to know you tell if you have throat cancer?

MD: You need to see a doctor, preferably an ENT (although your family doc or dentist may be able to initiate the work up). This is more important if you have history of tobacco use (any form) or alcohol abuse. Live healthy and best to you.

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