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Treatments For Throat Cancer
Obviously Not enough: This topic should be covered as part of sexual education for teenagers. I am treating now a very young patient with hpv+ tonsillar cancer. The incidence of hpv+ head and neck cancer continues to increase and this is not something that can be underestimated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Surgery/Radiation: Depends on many details. "throat cancer" encompasses many different sites. Depending on where the tumor is and how advanced it may be, your cancer team might recommend different options. In general, cancers can be surgically removed with or without radiation afterwards or they can be burned out with radiation +/- chemo with surgery reserved for tumors which don't respond well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What kind of life can one expect after undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments for throat cancer?
A new normal: After successful treatment for throat cancer patients can have a lot of different symptoms both long term and short term. Dry mouth and dental problems are common, but can be treated. Swallowing difficulties are common. It may take a year to really see the "new normal" speech and swallowing therapy can help. ...Read more
Anaplastic thyroid: Anaplastic thyroid cancer is rare however it is a very agressive type of thyroid cancer. The best treatment is surgery- with total removal of the thyroid gland and resection of the lymph gland on the neck around it. Radiation therapy following surgery is given for local control.For advance stage- chemo vs. Clinical trials using medicine eg- sorafenib/tyrosine kinase inhibitor or m-tor inhibitor ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many: Radiation will cause a sunburn type reaction on the skin. It will cause a mucositis or inflamed linings of the throat. There can be change in taste, dry mouth and tooth decay. All this can lead to trouble swallowing and pain on swallowing. With chemotherapy all of these are amplified. Many medicines and rinses are available to help these symptoms. Good news is most symptoms resolve. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a benign mengimoa 50 % removed then 28 treatments of radiation. Can the radiation cause throat cancer or does it stay only in the head .
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Proven vs unproven: By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. They therefore remain "alternative". Soup may comfort but not cure. ...Read more
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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