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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.See 2 more doctor answers
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
I seem to have to clear my throat ALOT. Can it be throat cancer or esophageal cancer? I smoke (quitting) but im only 25 and only about 4-5 pack years
Doubt cancer: You have laryngeal irritation. Can be benign polyps or chronic post nasal drip. Consult ENT for eval.
Not necessary: Most early cancers have normal blood results. Blood results only change when cancer is far advanced or metastatic.
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. :).See 1 more doctor answer
I seem to gag alot (i always seem to gag when I smell something nasty). Does this increase my risk of throat/esophageal cancer? Or no correlation?
No worry: What you described is not abnormal and does not put you at increased risk for cancer.
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.
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 my soft tissue neck ultrasound didn't show any masses, can I also feel assured that there's no esophageal cancer tumor in this area? Severe globus.
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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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