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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Throat Cancer (Overview)

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 type of therapy offered.


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How quick does throat cancer growths spread?

How quick does throat cancer growths spread?

Throat cancer: Hello, the most common type of throat cancer is called squamous cell carcinoma. This type of cancer is very dangerous because it spreads so quickly. However, there are a few important variables that affect each patient individually. First where is the cancer originating? If it comes from the vocal cords or from the tongue. This is very important. Also the grade of the cancer itself. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
291 doctors shared insights

Throat Cancer (Overview)

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 type of therapy offered.


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Treating a Sore Throat (Checklist)

Stay hydrated
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Drink warm or cold fluids, whatever feels better
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Try acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve symptoms
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Avoid spicy or acidic foods
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What are the symptoms for throat cancer?

What are the symptoms for throat cancer?

Many: Typical symptoms can include swallowing difficulty for mostly solids, weight loss, voice hoarseness, throat pain, fatigue, neck node enlargement, and can progress to occassionally choking or vomitting in advanced cases. ...Read more

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What are signs of throat cancer?

What are signs of throat cancer?

Hoarseness, etc.: Hoarseness, a lump in the throat, throat pain, weight loss, blood in the sputum are possible signs of throat cancer, though these signs may be caused by other problems. ...Read more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
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Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
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What will happen to a person after a diagnosis of throat cancer?

What will happen to a person after a diagnosis of throat cancer?

Throat cancers: Throat cancer may be arising from larynx or the voice box or from surrounding tissue/ oropharynx. Once a diagnosis is made by biopsy of the tissue, then your oncologist will suggest best modality of treatment, either surgery, radiation or chemo. ...Read more

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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

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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I've had my question answered except one part what are the realistic chances of throat cancer in 20s?

I've had my question answered except one part what are the realistic chances of throat cancer in 20s?

Not too high: Chances of having throat cancer are not too high unless you are a smoker. Smoking greatly increases the risk of cancer. If you don't smoke & have acid reflux (you may not even know you have it) it can lead to barrett's esophagus, which is a precancerous condition. However, only about 1% of barretts will progress to cancer. Keep in mind, cancer risks do not always follow stats. See dr if concerned. ...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


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