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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. Liawaty Ho
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Throat Cancer (Definition)

The throat is a complicated area and is divided into several different areas including the vocal cords, the larynx, the glottis and supra-glottic areas. The cancers in these areas are usually of the squamous cell variety. The distinctions are important as they help to determine the ...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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What is the risk of death if throat cancer is found in very early stages?

What is the risk of death if throat cancer is found in very early stages?

Low: Very early stage of head and neck cancer is curable . I am glad that you don't smoke. A couple of more things you can do- decrease your alcohol intake and hpv vaccination for you. ...Read more

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Are stage 0 or 1 throat cancer can be easily detected with largynscopy?

Are stage 0 or 1 throat cancer can be easily detected with largynscopy?

No: excluding tonsillar carcinoma, those lesions of the throat are usually squamous Ca arising in mucosa of the throat and the rare minor salivary tumors that are occasionally seen. Stage 0 or insitu can only be detected by histologic exam where atypia is seen in the cellular pattern. The stage I Ca' may occasionally have slight mucosal ulceration but most often have to be palpated if possible ...Read more

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What's the first stage of throat cancer?

What's the first stage of throat cancer?

Different features: The earliest presentation of throat cancer is leukoplakia or a whitened area representing in situ squamous cancer. Other times one sees an early superficial ulceration that doesn't heal. The characteristic of the area on palpation is that no matter how minimal, the lesion is firm on palpation and requires bx for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can throat cancer be mistaken for tonsillitis in its beginning stage?

Can throat cancer be mistaken for tonsillitis in its beginning stage?

Unlikely: The tonsils are very distinct structure. It can be mistaken if your cancer is based on your tonsils. Both do hurt, but usually age and habits, namely alcohol intake, help differentiate the two. ...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


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more