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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

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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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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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 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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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 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 can I help them with this situation? They r going to rush copley in aurora illinois 2mrow for throat cancer surgery? They were diagnosed 2/4/15

How can I help them with this situation? They r going to rush copley in aurora illinois 2mrow for throat cancer surgery? They were diagnosed 2/4/15

It is good to have 2: When in Doubt, seek a second opinion. Treatment for cancer is not an emergency, so do not rush into any quick decisions. ...Read more

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I'm an 18 year old male and I've been smoking about 4 cigarettes a day for 2 months, if I quit now will I get throat cancer?

If you quit now...: ...The chances of you getting a whole bunch of nasty diseases (of which throat cancer is one) go way, way down. ...Read more

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I had a total Esophagectomy 4 years ago due to acid reflux. I still have acid reflux to this day even worse. Can I get throat cancer from the reflux?

I had a total Esophagectomy 4 years ago due to acid reflux. I still have acid reflux to this day even worse. Can I get throat cancer from the reflux?

Very unlikely: If the entire esophagus was removed, the chances of getting Barretts esophagus from the continued reflux is very unlikely. Having said that, if you are still having symptoms, it bears periodic evaluation to see how severe the inflammation is. You also should be treating the reflux to keep the symptoms under control. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I be tested for throat cancer if smoker?

How can I be tested for throat cancer if smoker?

Examination by ENT: You may wish to be examined by an ENT surgeon who may examine "throat", larynx and upper aero-digestive area. ...Read more

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How may years does throat cancer take to develop?

How may years does throat cancer take 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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What are early symptoms of throat cancer before it gets bad?

What are early symptoms of throat cancer before it gets bad?

Always bad: Throat cancer is always bad. Symptoms include hoarseness, a sore throat, coughing up blood, or a lump in the neck. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for someone to die from throat cancer?

Depends...: ...On the stage of the cancer and the general health of the patient. Many early stage throat cancers can be cured. ...Read more

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What are the illnesses which could give similar symptoms of throat cancer?

What are the illnesses which could give similar symptoms of throat cancer?

Yes, see below: An iron deficiency related entity "plummer wilson syndrome" can have symptoms similar to cancer. See this site for more info.
http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/187341-overview. ...Read more

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How many people with throat cancer are nonsmokers and have no known risk factors?

How many people with throat cancer are nonsmokers and have no known risk factors?

Not many.: These are probably rare. The most common causes are tobacco use (including smokeless) and alcohol use. Nasopharyngeal cancers can be found in mediterranian peoples who usually have epstein-barr virus. ...Read more

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What are some mild symptoms of throat cancer that you might not realize is throat cancer?

What are some mild symptoms of throat cancer that you might not realize is throat cancer?

Irritation, lump, hoa: Feeling of irritation or a lump in the throat may be missed and be attributed to sore throat. Depending on what you call :"throat" hoarseness may also be misinterpreted. ...Read more

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Can an eighteen year old get throat cancer?

Can an eighteen year old get throat cancer?

Esophageal cancer: It would be incredibly rare for someone to get throat cancer at 18 yrs. The majority of cases occur in people over 60 yrs old. There are some behaviors that can leave one at higher risk: heavy smoking and heavy alcohol use (shouldn't be a factor in an 18 yr old). Chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease, hpv virus. The list goes on. ...Read more

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Can localized chemotherapy on throat cancer be effective?

No such thing: There is no such thing as localized chemo for throat cancer. Localized treatment for throat cancer would be in the form of radiation or surgery. In head and neck cancer, chemo is given intravenously as a systemic treatment- not as an injection directly to the cancer. I don't know if injecting chemo to the mass directly will be beneficial. For sure, it will make it bleed and risk for infection. ...Read more

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What can be initial symptoms of throat cancer and is it treatable?

What can be initial symptoms of throat cancer and is it treatable?

Sx & tx: Sxs of throat cancer can include sore throat, coughing, hoarseness, ear pain, problems swallowing & a mass/ lesion that isn’t healing. Fatigue & weight loss may eventually develop. Throat cancer is often treatable. You should see your otolaryngologist to determine if you have throat cancer & what type it is if you do. The ENT surgeon should be able to supply you information on possible tx option. ...Read more

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I started smoking in january n I stoped.3 weeks ago could I have throat cancer?

Sounds like phobias: Cancer from smoking generally requires decades (not months) of smoking. It sounds to me like an unnatural fear or phobia. If it is worrying you, see your doctor and/or get a referral for an ENT physician to exam you for reassurance. If you still have this fear, talking to a therapist/counselor may be helpful. Congratulations on stopping. Keep it that way and good luck!!! ...Read more

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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?

Greater picture.: It's doubtful that you'd get throat cancer from smoking cigarettes for a short time. However, my greater concern would be that you continue smoking in the long term, either due to personal choice, peer pressure or even addiction. In that sense, long term smoking could lead to throat and lung cancer. Good that you quit, but please don't start again. Just walk away. ...Read more

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Well I started smoking in january I have stoped smoking 3weeks ago can I have throat cancer?

Well I started smoking in january I have stoped smoking 3weeks ago can I have throat cancer?

Smoking for 8 months: Is a short period of time. To develop throat or lung cancer, years or decades of exposure are usually
needed. But do ask you doctor to check your throat. ...Read more

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Could HPV cause throat cancer?

Could HPV cause throat cancer?

Yes: The germ that can trigger cervical cancer, hpv, can be shared between sex partners. In males it can cause penile, anal and esophageal cancer, all of which take years to develop. The male may also carry the hpv and never have any problem with it, and never know they have it. ...Read more

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How do they test for throat cancer?

How do they test for throat cancer?

Biopsy/histopath.: The patient will typically undergo a needle biopsy of this lesion, and when histopathologic information is available, a multidisciplinary discussion of the optimal treatment strategy will be undertaken. ...Read more

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Blood tests to identify throat cancer?

Blood tests to identify throat cancer?

Fily practice: There are no blood test to detect throat ca. Only visualization with biopsy can confirm diagnosis. ...Read more

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How does a doc diagnose throat cancer?

How does a doc diagnose throat cancer?

Exam and biopsy: Ent doctors are usually the ones to do this. There are several ways to exam the throat including mirrors and fiber optic equipment. If there is an abnormal area a biopsy would be done to make this diagnosis. ...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


Dr. Harinder Gill
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Throat Cancer (Definition)

Cancer of the voice box, the vocal cords, and other parts of the throat, such as the ...Read more