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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

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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What is the treatment for tonsillar cancer?

What is the treatment for tonsillar cancer?

Tonsillectomy: Take out the tonsil put the tonsil and send it to pathology for analysis for cancer. Treatment depends on what they find. ...Read more

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What can I do if my right tonsil is slightly larger than the left. Can it be tonsillar cancer?

What can I do if my right tonsil is slightly larger than the left. Can it be tonsillar cancer?

No: Tonsils are even less likely to be symmetric than other body parts. If one blows up with a lymphoma or ulcerates / fungates with a squamous cancer, it will be obvious. ...Read more

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Which is the quickest acting cancer in children?

Which is the quickest acting cancer in children?

Variable: Tumors have variable behaviors and there are no statistics like sports. Fast growing tumors in children include, glioblastoma multiforme, acute leukemia, and neuroblastoma. See this site for more info.
http://www. Dana-farber. Org/pediatric-care/cancer-types/pediatric-cancer-types. Aspx. ...Read more

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What is the most common cancer in children / teens?

What is the most common cancer in children / teens?

Leukemia/lymphoma: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is the most common cancer in childhood. It is still common in adolescents, but lymphoma becomes more common in the teenage years, and the frequency of hodgkin lymphoma and nhl approaches that of all. Brain tumors are common in childhood as well, but not nearly as common as in adults. ...Read more

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Please describe the most common cancer in children/teens?

Please describe the most common cancer in children/teens?

ALL: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (all) is the most common cancer in children and teens. ...Read more

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What is risk of cancer in children born in china in past 20 years?

What is risk of cancer in children born in china in past 20 years?

Probably the same.: The risk of cancer depends on environmental as well as genetic factors. China has modernized greeatly in the past 20 years, so the likely have risks for cancer increase from industrialization, but then their health care and living standards have also likely improved, so this would likely decrease their risk. The gene pool has not changed, so the occurrence of cancer is likely to be the same. ...Read more

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Please describe the most common cancer in children?

Please describe the most common cancer in children?

ALL: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (all) is the most common childhood cancer. ...Read more

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How does the behavior of cancer in children differ from those of adults? If it differs at all.

How does the behavior of cancer in children differ from those of adults? If it differs at all.

More curable...: Typically cancer in children are more curable. This is probably due to a number of factors such as the cancers are biologically different than their adult counterparts, and that we are able to treat children with more intensive therapy because they are more resilient. Another difference is that certain cancers really only happen in kids (neuroblastoma) or just in adults (colon, breast). ...Read more

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What is the fastest acting cancer in children from 5-10 years old?

What is the fastest acting cancer in children from 5-10 years old?

It is hard to give a: No simple answer here. You have to first give us some background for asking this question.
Some examples of fast growing cancers include lymphoma, leukemia and sarcomas of various types like rhabdomyosarcoma, ewings sarcoma and osteosarcoma. ...Read more

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Please describe the most common fatal cancer in children and teens?

Please describe the most common fatal cancer in children and teens?

Leukemia & Brain: The most complete (though older) data is from 1995, where leukemia caused the most deaths in children and teens. Over the past decade, we have gotten better at treating leukemia. The most current good data available (2009) shows that leukemia and brain tumors now cause about the same number of cancer deaths in children and teens. ...Read more

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What causes eye cancer in children?

What causes eye cancer in children?

Sometimes genetics: With retinoblastoma, 40% of children have a genetic form: one copy of the RB1 gene is changed in every cell in the body at birth. If the 2nd copy of the gene undergoes a change, a retinoblastoma tumor can develop. Most children with retinoblastoma do not have the genetic form & spontaneously develop 2 RB1 mutations in an immature cell. Scientists don't know how or why it occurs in these childen. ...Read more

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How rare is heart cancer in children under 10?

How rare is heart cancer in children under 10?

Vanishingly rare: Except as part of tuberous sclerosis, primary tumors in children rare exceedingly rare. ...Read more

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Can there be any treatment for blood cancer in children?

Yes: Leukemia in childhood has seen great progress in the past 3 decades moving from a commonly fatal process to one where most can survive. The coordinated and specialized treatments involve several medications and a team of specialists, usually based at a childrens hospital or medical school. Pediatric hematology/oncology programs usually take the lead in treatment. ...Read more

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What are symptoms for brain cancer in children?

What are symptoms for brain cancer in children?

Many possibilities: See the answer given for symptoms of a brain tumor in teenagers. I think it is always best to talk to your primary care doctor if your child has some specific symptoms or signs you are concerned may be related to a brain tumor. This is a very uncommon diagnosis in children--and though possible---should be approached by your child's physician. ...Read more

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What is the most common brain cancer in children?

What is the most common brain cancer in children?

Glioma: Gliomas make up 75% of childhood brain cancer. Three main types: astrocytomas (often in the cerebellum and usually curable with surgery), malignant gliomas (glioblastoma and anaplastic astrocytoma), and ependymomas. Another 15% of brain cancers in children are medulloblastomas - these occur almost exclusively in children, and are more invasive and difficult to treat. ...Read more

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What is survival rate of lung cancer in children?

What is survival rate of lung cancer in children?

Rare: The usual lung cancer from smoking is generally in adults.
Some unusual cancers can occur and survival is depending on cell type, and stage when found
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I have a small lump on my left tonsillar pillar. It's same colour as the rest of the pillar and only small. The other side is flat tonsillar pillar but the left side has this slight round edge. Could it be cancer?

Unlikely: What you described is unlikely to be cancer. You may watch and wait. If the lump doubles in size, ulcerates, bleeds or becomes painful, see a 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. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What does cancer of the tonsils look like?

What does cancer of the tonsils look like?

Tonsil cancer: Hello, the appearance of cancer in the tonsil usually looks like a ulcer, asymmetric, reddish and often bleeds. This lesion would also be very painful. However, tonsil cancer may be present and the tonsil may look completely normal. So a normal appearing tonsil does not guarantee cancer isn't present. See your ENT doctor for a complete evaluation. ...Read more

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Help please! Is cancer of the tonsils very common?

Help please! Is cancer of the tonsils very common?

Tonsil cancer: More common in heavy alcohol drinkers and smokers. Becoming more common with HPV 16 disease. Squamous cell carcinoma most common, some lymphomas ...Read more

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Could inflamed tonsils for months turn into tonsil cancer?

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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If I have uneven, misshappen ulcerated tonsils, is this a sign of cancer?

If I have uneven, misshappen ulcerated tonsils, is this a sign of cancer?

Possible: To know that the tonsils are misshappen and ulcerated suggests that there were symptoms requiring evaluation. Misshapen and ulcerated suggests that there is a definined infection causing this problem or that a malignant process is taking place. Squamous cell carcinoma is not uncommon nor is lymphoma. Considering the possibility of tumor development, biopsy is a requirement. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood that 'very fibrotic tonsils with debrees' would indicate tonsil cancer?

Rare: But why torture yourself with worry. We can't examine you in this forum. Your best best course of action would be to see an ENT, Otolaryngologist, a throats specialist, for examination and decision as to whether or not definitive treatment is indicated. ...Read more

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I am getting tonsillectomy tommorow will they test my tonsils for cancer?

I am getting tonsillectomy tommorow will they test my tonsils for cancer?

Yes: The tissue will undergo pathological studies that reveal both obvious and obscure diagnoses. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a friend that has a big piece missing out of his tonsils and he can put his pointer finger through it can that be harmful or cancer.

Not cancer: The tonsil is a lymphl structure used to help control infection of the in young children. With repeated inflammation it enlarges and may impair swallowing The tonsils as such are removed by a snaring procedure. When removed the residual bed of the pharynx remains. One cant put their finger thru the area. Just behind the tonsillar bed is the internal carotid artery which can be injured easily ...Read more

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My PET read. Symetric intense increase uptake in the bilateral palatine lingual tonsils. Hypermetobolic prominent level 2&5 nodes reactive. Cancer?

My PET read. Symetric intense increase uptake in the bilateral palatine lingual tonsils. Hypermetobolic prominent level 2&5 nodes reactive. Cancer?

Unlikely tobe cancer: This PET report looks more like Tonsitlitis (Sore throat or Phayngitis). A clinical examination by a doctor will be more useful to make the correct diagnosis rather than relying on a PET scan. Let your PCP or ENT doctor guide you. Unless there are large lymph nodes in your neck, I would not think that you have cancer. ...Read more

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My lingual tonsils on one side are very large, and looks like a mass growing there. Could this be cancer?

Need to examine: If one of the tonsils became larger recently and the size is increasing, that would be a cause for concern. However it is not feasible to provide an opinion without examining you. What you described warrants examination by a doctor. ...Read more

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Asymmetrical tonsils. 1 has been big for yrs now. Should I get a second opinion at ent? Still worried it's cancer. Scared it's going to get bigger.

Asymmetrical tonsils. 1 has been big for yrs now. Should I get a second opinion at ent? Still worried it's cancer. Scared it's going to get bigger.

Please stop this: You've got the obsessive idea that you have cancer with no basis whatsoever. I think this is the 3rd time. Cancer in a tonsil enlarges rapidly, over weeks or at most months, and is obviously abnormal. Many people have ideas they can't get rid of; they are like earworms and there are specialists who can help you get these out of your mind. Please take advantage of this. Best wishes. ...Read more

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L tonsil 3+ r is 2+ been this way long time. Ent & 2other drs seen it. My ENT didn't seem concerned. Is asymmetrical tonsils always cancer? Why 1 big?

We're not symmetric!: You've done the right thing by seeing an ent, and if the specialist isn't concerned, you shouldn't be either. We humans are not even, so one foot or one breast or one tonsil is often bigger than the other. It's nothing to worry about if it's been that way a long time. New changes in size causing asymmetry (in either a breast or tonsil) are when we worry about cancer! stay calm and be well! ...Read more

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What is the normal range for asymmetrical tonsils? Ent didn't order any testing says he's 95% sure it's not cancer. Still worried. Should I trust him?

Get a second opinion: If you are worried. It is always good to have an additional opinion, if you are concerned that this could be cancer. 95% means that there is 5% chance that this is cancer. ...Read more

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My ENT says my tonsils are normal even though one is quite bigger than other. Watching it for 6 mos to see. Concerned that it may b cancer from readin?

My ENT says my tonsils are normal even though one is quite bigger than other. Watching it for 6 mos to see. Concerned that it may b cancer from readin?

ENT knows better: An ENT specialist is the best qualified person to evaluate your tonsils. This forum is not a good way to second guess your ent, as it does not allow examination of your throat. ...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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My tongue it's white with tonsils inflamed, it's so painful, and more saliva semi liquid, is that tongue cancer or stomatitis?

My tongue it's white with tonsils inflamed, it's so painful, and more saliva semi liquid, is that tongue cancer or stomatitis?

Don't fear the worst: See your dentist for a definitive diagnosis. There are so many possibilities and almost all of them are not serious and easily treated. Your symptoms do not suggest a cancerous lesion to me. The quickest way to feel better and allay your fears is to see your dentist. ...Read more

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Why do I keep getting bumps on my tonsils? I have gotten three bumps in the last 2mos. Ent 1st nothing now wants to remove them. Cancer?

Why do I keep getting bumps on my tonsils? I have gotten three bumps in the last 2mos. Ent 1st nothing now wants to remove them. Cancer?

Need dx: The tonsil represent an accumulation of lymphatic tis gsue in the throat designed to help control infection. The gland is always succeptible to inflammatory changes but squaumous Ca and lymphoma are not uncommon. The best appraoch is to biopsy the lumps for dx. If tumor then for the most part radiation alone or with chemo utilized Complete H&N exam needed for proper decision. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Diede
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Cancer In Children (Definition)

Children usually do not get the kinds of cancer that are common in older adults (lung, breast, colon), but there are certain kinds of cancer that are common in young children, including leukemias, ...Read more


Dr. Mathew Chengot
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Tonsillar Cancer (Definition)

A cancer that ...Read more