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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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What is the survival rate for throat cancer?

What is the survival rate for throat cancer?

Depends: Depends on many factors- i.e. The type of cancer, the stage of cancer, hpv status ( hpv positive in non smoker is better in prognosis than hpv negative), the location in the throat ( oropharyngx, nasopharyngx, larynx etc) ; the overall medical condition of patient, the treatment received and respond to treatment etc. For more info- see www.Cancer.Net or www.Cancer.Org. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Is throat cancer easily cured or what is the survival rate?

Is throat cancer easily cured or what is the survival rate?

Never easy: Surgery or possibly radiation cure most of the throat cancers that are found early, but it is never a cinch. The likely outcome depends on the type of cancer and how far it has progressed. Death from throat cancer is as grim as you can imagine. I wish you luck and hope you stay proactive. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Dr. Joseph Woods
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My friend says he has stage one in throat cancer and stage 3 in stomach cancer. He refuses to get treatment. What imight be life expectancy.?

My friend says he has stage one in throat cancer and stage 3 in stomach cancer. He refuses to get treatment. What imight be life expectancy.?

Llkely 20% 5yr life.: The throat cancer may have a decent outlook, but an advanced stomach cancer where the disease has likely spread to the lymph nodes and is one step away from distant metastases has about a 20% 5 year survival at best. This is if the tumor is able to be resected. It is his choice, but it might be good for him to see his doctor to at least find out what can be done to make him comfortable. ...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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Dr. Patrick Mckenna
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Can i get throat cancer from starting smokin n january n quitting three weeks ago ?

Can i get throat cancer from starting smokin n january n quitting three weeks ago ?

Smoking is bad for u: Your risk is lower than someone who smokes for several years, but it is not zero. You've made the best decision you can possibly make for your health by quitting smoking. Congratulations on such a wise decision at this young age. I encourage you to stay tobacco free for the rest of your life. You'll be glad you did. ...Read more

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Is mild burning on one side of throat not related to swallowing for three months worrisome for throat cancer?

Is mild burning on one side of throat not related to swallowing for three months worrisome for throat cancer?

Could be: It could be from different things like chronic inflammation, trauma, cancer etc. Dont delay anymore- you should see an ENT for direct visualization/examination on your throat. If there is anything suspicious, a biopsy will need to be done. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Is mild burning on one side of throat not related to swallowing for three months worrisome for throat cancer?

Is mild burning on one side of throat not related to swallowing for three months worrisome for throat cancer?

Get checked: Anything that lasts for this long should be evaluated by a health care professional. Yes you could have throat cancer, but many other things might cause this. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. John Manzella
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My friends uncle had throat cancer (tumor) spread to lungs and blood according to doctors and say survival is impossible, what options does he have?

My friends uncle had throat cancer  (tumor) spread to lungs and blood according to doctors and say survival is impossible, what options does he have?

End of Life: Cancer that has spread to multiple organs with distant metastasis is regrettably, an extremely poor prognosis. The best option is to ask your doctor to enlist the services of hospice. The inter disciplinary team will not only attend to his physical needs for comfort through a doctor and nurse, but also address his nutrition and spiritual needs as well. My prayers are with you for peace. ...Read more

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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


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


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