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Doctor insights on: Prognosis For Stage 4 Throat Cancer

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How many teens are aware that oral sex can cause throat cancer?

How many teens are aware that oral sex can cause 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. ...Read more

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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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Stage four throat cancer spread to lymph nodes. Smoker and heroin user. Inoperable, no treatment at all. Life expectancy?

Stage four throat cancer spread to lymph nodes. Smoker and heroin user. Inoperable,  no treatment at all. Life expectancy?

No clear answer: Would seek out a palliative care doctor who could help making whatever time is available more comfortable and meaningful. Sorry that cannot be of more help. ...Read more

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What is the life expectency for a person with stage 4 throat cancer who is refusing treatment?

What is the life expectency for a person with stage 4 throat cancer who is refusing treatment?

Not good : Stage 4 any cancer is not good, some better than others. With head and neck cancers though unlike some others, cure is possible with aggressive mutimodality treatment. Usually without any treatment the tumor grows locally, cause local symptoms and metastasize to lymph nodes and distant organs. Consider at least palliative treatment, it can improve quality of life for some time. 6-24 months range. ...Read more

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My husband has stage 4 throat cancer. They have found a large mass in his lung, and a smaller one in his stomach. What are his survival chances ?

My husband has stage 4 throat cancer. They have found a large mass in his lung, and a smaller one in his stomach.  What are his survival chances ?

Need further details: Patients with head and neck cancer have often concomitant new diagnosis of lung cancer; in certain clinical situations it may be important to differentiate if the lung lesions are new cancer vs. Spread of the throat cancer; discuss with your treating oncologist; in general if throat cancer has spread to multiple organs the treatments are palliative (not curative);. ...Read more

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My mother is a stage 4 throat cancer patient, and she is also a new trach and peg tube patient. we r having trbl with peg and food leaking/staying dwn?

My mother is a stage 4 throat cancer patient, and she is also a new trach and peg tube patient. we r having trbl with peg and food leaking/staying dwn?

Speak to the surgeon: Whoever put in the teach tube and the peg tube has to revise things so there is not much if any leakage. Sorry about that but has to be corrected pronto. ...Read more

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How fast does throat cancer grow?

How fast does throat cancer grow?

Varies: if smoke very fast like weeks ;never smoke,if weak and frail faster but see cancer ear nose throat doctor if think you have it , much more likely if smoke ...Read more

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How long for throat cancer to develop?

How long for throat cancer to develop?

No clear answer: While cancer doesn't develop overnight, processes leading upto cancer can take years. Here is a good overview on throat cancer http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/head-and-neck-cancer. ...Read more

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How long it takes to get throat cancer?

How long it takes to get throat cancer?

Cancer development: Cancer comes in many different "flavors" that can be variable in the specific time course for development. Most throat cancers require several genetic changes over many years or deca. Once the genetic changes occur, it still takes often years before the cancer reaches a size to be detected. So, behaviors or exposures in younger years (smoking, for example) make the difference in later cancer rate ...Read more

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Can you get throat cancer from singing?

Can you get throat cancer from singing?

No: While chronic vocal injury may rarely contribute the most common cause is smoking. Besides, chronic vocal injury is a result of real abuse of voice and is almost never a result of singing. ...Read more

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Can teenagers get oral or throat cancer?

Can teenagers get oral or throat cancer?

Yes: It is possible for anyone to get anything. This risk of this happning is extremly small, but it is possible. ...Read more

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How quick does throat cancer growths spread?

How quick does throat cancer growths spread?

Throat cancer: Hello, the most common type of throat cancer is called squamous cell carcinoma. This type of cancer is very dangerous because it spreads so quickly. However, there are a few important variables that affect each patient individually. First where is the cancer originating? If it comes from the vocal cords or from the tongue. This is very important. Also the grade of the cancer itself. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are some early symptoms of throat cancer?

What are some early symptoms of throat cancer?

Dysphagia: Weight loss, and pain with swallowing are some of the early signs of esophageal cancer. Unfortunately by the time symptoms present the cancer is usually advanced. ...Read more

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Can clearly throat a lot cause throat cancer?

Can clearly throat a lot cause throat cancer?

No: Mechanical irritation of the throat is totally unrelated to the development of throat cancer. Previously most throat cancers were caused by poor nourishment from alcohol plus smoking. With the appearance of the HPV virus, this probably is a major implication in the appearance of squamous Ca of the throat. ...Read more

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What foods can someone with throat cancer eat?

What foods can someone with throat cancer eat?

Soft diet needed: Because there is often pain on swallowing with throat cancer, a soft diet is a must. This allows the patient to get the calories their bodies need. They need to avoid acidic foods, raw vegetables and fruits and not use tobacco products. Diet supplements as you se advertised on tv may be necessary. ...Read more

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What are some typical symptoms of throat cancer?

What are some typical symptoms of throat cancer?

Throat ca: Hoarse voice, voice changes, hurts to swallow, hard to swallow, lymp nodes on the neck, neck mass, blood when clearing your throat. Sore throat. ...Read more

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What test do I need to see if I have throat cancer?

Start with an exam: You should see your primary care provider, who will listen to your sysmptoms and perform a throat examination. If necessary, your pcp will refer you to a otolaryngologist for a more comprehensive exam. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the syptoms of throat cancer?

Can you tell me about the syptoms of throat cancer?

Several: There are any number of symptoms and not all are necessarily present at one time: difficulty or painful swallowing, mass in the throat, neck mass, bleeding from the throat, difficulty breathing (in advanced cases) , ear pain. ...Read more

Prognosis (Definition)

The prognosis is the predicted outcome or "forecast" for a disease or process. It is only an estimate but is likely based on past experience or data taking into account the individual's overall health status. It may suggest progression of disease ...Read more


Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more