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What causes tonsil cancer?

What causes tonsil cancer?

Oral tobacco use: The majority of tonsillar cancers are related to the use of tobacco products, including chewing tobacco. Heavy alcohol use increases the risk in tobacco users. Another form of tonsillar cancer is lymphoma and there are no know preexisting conditions that cause that type of tumor. ...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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Beside having oral HPV will chronic tonsillitis turn tonsil cancer?Can you get tonsil cancer with no tonsils?

Beside having oral HPV will chronic tonsillitis turn tonsil cancer?Can you get tonsil cancer with no tonsils?

The tonsil is a: Location that houses lymphoid tissues called "tonsils", but the hpv virus inhabits the lining squamous mucosa of the throat, and the tonsils are part of that. Many are infected, few develop invasive cancer. The virus can spread by kissing. ...Read more

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Is tongue cancer a 'bad' cancer?

Is tongue cancer a 'bad' cancer?

1-2-3: Cancer involving an important organ is always important. The tongue is important for speech and eating. How bad depends on 1) diagnosis (type of cancer), 2) stage/prognosis and location in tongue, 3) treatment -- depends on 1 & 2. ...Read more

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Percentage of HPV related throat cancer?

Percentage of HPV related throat cancer?

HPV causes: Most cervical cancer, and has just taken over first place from tobacco and alcohol for oropharynx (throat) cancer. The association and cause is rising and more than 50%. ...Read more

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37y healthy female never smoked tonsil stones x 10yr Removed lots stones when pushed on tonsil Tonsils appear swollen w/ large pockets. Tonsil cancer?

37y healthy female never smoked tonsil stones x 10yr Removed lots stones when pushed on tonsil Tonsils appear swollen w/ large pockets. Tonsil cancer?

Not likely: but only an exam by a qualified doctor can tell the difference. You need to show your tonsils to a doctor. ...Read more

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Is throat cancer bad?

Is throat cancer bad?

Not necessarily.: Throat cancer usually is curable with radiation therapy (and sometimes chemo at the same time, occasionally surgery). It is important to be treated at a large cancer center with experience treating throat cancer. ...Read more

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Would a cancerous (lymphoma, breast cancer, etc.) axillary lymph node shrink?

Would a cancerous (lymphoma, breast cancer, etc.) axillary lymph node shrink?

No: A lymph node replaced with malignant cells growing as a primary lymphod tumor or metastatic from another site which has spread to axilla will not shrink without treatment, either chemo or RT. The node will enlarge further or if unchanged will spread to adjacent nodes. It does not have the potential to metastasize further to non lymphatic tissue such as liver or lung. ...Read more

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I'm concerned about prostate cancer metastasis. Where can prostate cancer spread?

I'm concerned about prostate cancer metastasis. Where can prostate cancer spread?

In theory, prostate cancer cells can spread anywhere in the body: In practice, though, most cases of prostate cancer metastasis occur in the lymph nodes and the bones. Prostate cancer metastasis occurs when cells break away from the tumor in the prostate. The cancer cells can travel through the lymphatic system or the bloodstream to other areas of the body. More commonly prostate cancer metastasis can occur in the: Bones, Lymph nodes, Lungs, Liver, Brain. Rare locations of prostate cancer metastasis include: Adrenal glands, Breasts, Eyes, Kidneys, Muscles, Pancreas, Salivary glands, Spleen. If you've been diagnosed with prostate cancer and you're concerned about prostate cancer metastasis, talk with your doctor about your risk of prostate cancer metastasis and your treatment options. ...Read more

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Is oropharyngeal cancer curable?

Yes: Oropharyngeal cancer is potentially curable, depending on the stage. It is treated either by surgical removal of the tumor, or with radiation therapy and chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Right tonsil about 30% larger than left tonsil. Just had tonsil stones on right tonsil. Non smoker, Occasional Drinker. Could this be tonsil cancer?

Right tonsil about 30% larger than left tonsil. Just had tonsil stones on right tonsil. Non smoker, Occasional Drinker.  Could this be tonsil cancer?

Cancer unlikely: If the unilateral enlargement persists for more than a month, it would be prudent to see an ENT doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Is tonsillar cancer common?

Is tonsillar cancer common?

Perhaps: The firs or second most common oropharyngeal cancer. Now associated not only with smoking and alcohol, but also with human papilloma virus types 16, 18 in non-smoker drinkers. Can be managed with surgery, more commonly with chemo-radiotherapy today. ...Read more

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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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Is throat cancer cureable?

Is throat cancer cureable?

Yes: Most patients treated for throat cancers are treated with curative intent. If the disease has spread to other organs, lungs usually, then cure is not thought possible. Patients with an extensive bulk of disease also have lower chances of survival but are frequently still treated with the hopes of cure. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is colon cancer stage 3b pt4a pn1c, no lymph nodes involvement curable?

Is colon cancer stage 3b pt4a pn1c, no lymph nodes involvement curable?

Yes: Stage 3b usually means lymph nodes are involved, so i think your information might not be entirely accurate. However, even stage 3b colon cancer can be treated with surgery and chemotherapy and the chances of cure are good. ...Read more

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Is cancer in lymph nodes curable?

Is cancer in lymph nodes curable?

Depends upon type.: There are many types of malignancies / cancers that can be effectively treated when they involve lymph nodes. It is important to know what type of cancer and the overall stage of the disease. Don't give up! ...Read more

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1.3cm thyroid nodule with multiple punctate calcification, ear pain, lump feeling in throat, cancer chance?

Possible: I dont love giving scary news in this type of forum but anytime i see a nodule with microcalcification i get concerned about cancer. It should definitely be biopsied. Lump feeling is probably unrelated. ...Read more

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Could inflamed tonsils for months turn into tonsil cancer?

Usually not: Usually not - cancer is rare. Inflammed tonsils are painful and very rarely the pain of cancer may mimic the same discomfort in the throat and have difficulty with swallowing.. In the us, women are showing an in increased risk of oropharyngeal cancers that has been attributed to hpv-16 virus infections due to oral sexual practices please see your doc or an ENT specialist for more answers. ...Read more

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