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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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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 ?

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

Dr. Mark Pack
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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


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