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Life expectancy of in-operable HPV related throat cancer I am concerned?

Life expectancy of in-operable HPV related throat cancer I am concerned?

Depends: That depends on how advanced it is locally and if it has spread to other organs like the lungs. Also depends on overall health of the person. If this question refers to you, then please consider going to a cancer center that has experience in treating head and neck cancers (to find out if it is really inoperable and to hear about all treatment options and clinical trials). ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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Throat cancer life expectancy with treatment?

Throat cancer life expectancy with treatment?

Depends: It depends on what kind of throat cancer, the stage of the cancer, the hpv status if this is a mouth cancer, whether you are a smoker or not, what kind of therapy did you receive etc. The earlier the stage the better your life expectancy would be. The prognosis of hpv + associated mouth cancer, non smoker-would be better than hpv negative mouth cancer who smokes and drink alcohol. D/w with md. ...Read more

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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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This bland diet for lpr is if for life for just until it fixes? I rather die of throat cancer then live 30-40 more years eating that nasty bland diet

This bland diet for lpr is if for life for just until it fixes? I rather die of throat cancer then live 30-40 more years eating that nasty bland diet

Quality of life: Nobody can force you to comply. There are a variety of options in any case, including general physical conditioning and meds, as well as a less radical limited diet. Good choices are seldom the key to recovery from illness, and "pop"! advice I have seen online on bland diet looks hokey to me. Get with an evidence-based gastroenterologist or two. ...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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What kind of life can one expect after undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments for throat cancer?

What kind of life can one expect after undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments for throat cancer?

See below: Chemort for throat cancer is some of the toughest treatment around. The side effects are unavoidable but frequently make patients miserable. Mouth and throat pain, dry mouth, and poor taste are nearly universal during treatment. Afterwards, taste returns but is altered, dry mouth usually improves some, and pain typically resolves. There are long term sequelae, but most people adapt and are ok. ...Read more

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I performed cunnilingus 1st time in my life, on a very sexually active woman met online. Scared of HPV+ throat cancer now. Should I be screened, how?

I performed cunnilingus 1st time in my life, on a very sexually active woman met online. Scared of HPV+ throat cancer now. Should I be screened, how?

Routine mouth exams: In such a situation, one can get the HPV vaccine to prevent the more serious strains of sexually transmitted HPV virus. Of course, one cannot run to his doctor every time he has licked genitals, as that could mean going to the doctor every week. Therefore, routine exams 2-3 times a year with his dentist, and 1-2 times a year with his primary care doctor, are ok to do when he has no symptoms. ...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?

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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Is throat cancer contagious?

Is throat cancer contagious?

No: Some throat cancers are linked to HPV but unlike cancer of the cervix, the relationship is soft and nobody's recommending condoms for people who kiss. Most throat cancers have more to do with tobacco and to a lesser extent alcohol; the rare throat cancers are mostly related to nothing. Especially, don't avoid a person with throat cancer as a risk to you -- they're not. ...Read more

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Does dipping cause throat cancer?

Does dipping cause throat cancer?

HPV virus Spread: Dipping isn’t exactly considered ‘safe’. There is a certain amount of risk to which both parties are exposed to, even during such a brief foray. Depending on the health of the participants, there could be some risk nonetheless ~ except of course if both parties are completely HIV and std-free. There is epidemiologic data available for increased risk of throat cancers with oral sex. ...Read more

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Can oral sex lead to throat cancer?

Can oral sex lead to throat cancer?

Possibly: Hpv, also known as human papilloma virus can cause genital warts. If you give oral sex to a penis that has the hpv infection, it is possible to get oral or throat cancer. Fortunately, saliva can help prevent the transmission of the virus, but saliva is by no means a perfect barrier. You need to be careful. ...Read more

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What are the risks for throat cancer?

Tobacco and alcohol: Tobacco and alcohol use are the controrable risk factors for throat cancer. Some oral cancers are related to hpv infection and a few are due to ebv infection. ...Read more

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What oral sex can cause throat cancer?

What oral sex can cause throat cancer?

Papilloma virus: Oral sex with infected individual can cause throat cancer. ...Read more

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Why does throat cancer cause horseness?

Why does throat cancer cause horseness?

Irritates Vocal Cord: The cancer or the treatment either can irritate the vocal chords. Some patients have permanent damage but most will resolve with time - though it can take months or years. A speech therapist can help once tretment is complete. ...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 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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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 cause pain to neck and shoulder?

Throat cancer cause pain to neck and shoulder?

In advanced cases: Advanced tumors of the larynx (voice box) and pharynx (inside of throat) can be associated with enlarged lymph nodes of the neck (which can sometimes be painful) or grow directly into the spinal structures. Persistent pain should be evaluated. A doctor can ask questions about your symptoms and do a physical exam to check for any injuries, illnesses, or activities that may be causing neck pain. ...Read more

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Throat cancer what happens after radiotherapy?

Most are: Treated with chemo+rt. Dry mouth, loss of taste, sore swallowing, weight loss...We usually suggest a feeding tube to support. Recovery of these is variable, and gradual at best. Oral hygiene (salt/soda rinses) to rid the mouth of gooey, wall paper paste consistency saliva helps. ...Read more

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How do doctors go abou detecting throat cancer?

Start with an exam: First, the primary care provider, will listen to the patient's symptoms and perform a throat examination. If necessary, the pcp will refer the patient to a otolaryngologist for a more comprehensive exam. If a lesion is seen in the throat, a biopsy may be necessary to evaluate for cancer or other causes of visible abnormalities. ...Read more

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Am I at risk kissing someone with throat cancer?

No: Although some throat cancers are caused by human papilloma virus, it is unlikely that you could catch it. Most throat cancer is caused by smoking, so if you smoke, please stop. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of throat cancer?

What are the signs and symptoms of throat cancer?

See below: A hoarse voice, difficulty or pain with swallowing, or swelling in the neck due to involved lymph nodes can all be signs. ...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