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What Does Throat Cancer Feel Like
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
Depends: Tonsil, tongue, supraglottic larynx, larynx, pharyngeal wall, pyriform sinus, etc are all sites often bundled together unfortunately into "throat" cancer. Different sites can have different issues. Difficulties in taste, dentition, chewing, w/ food types (solid, acidic, spicy, carbonated), reflux, ear pain, change in smell/taste can be seen. ...Read more
Usually asymptomatic: Most people with oral/throat hpv infections have no symptoms and therefore do not realize that they are infected. Hpv infection can cause oropharyngeal cancer. An increase in the incidence of this type of cancer has paralleled the increased prevalence of hpv infection. However, the vast majority of people with oral hpv infections do not develop cancer. ...Read more
Non healing sore: A lip cancer will often present as a non healing sore. This can be anywhere on the lips, and is related to smoking, especially cigars and pipes but also cigarettes. We are seeing a rise in incidence in young people who "dip snuff" or use chewing tobacco. Here's a picture of a neglected lip cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
At your age: Risks for cancer are very low. There is no specific feeling for stomach or colon cancer. Advanced disease can gave various pains ; weight loss, but very unlikely at your age. I note you are already on high dose narcorics that can cause abdominal bloating, discomfort ; constipation. See a gastroenterologist for consultation. ...Read more
Strept throat : strept throat feels like a sore throat that gets worse and does not get better. It can be associated with a fever, whitish exudates on the tonsils or throat area. It can hurt to swallow and may lead to inability to swallow if left untreated. In kids it can be associated with abdominal pain and or a rash. I hope this helps. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more
Tired: Fatigue is not different because it is due to having cancer, except that it can occur without more typical causes such as high levels of activity or exercise. So some cancer patients feel tired all the time; they "have no energy" to get up and to things, even necessary things such as buying food, making dinner, going to work, etc. Affected patients may be sleepy, or may not sleep well. ...Read more
Yes and depends: Tonsil, tongue, supraglottic larynx, larynx, pharyngeal wall, pyriform sinus, etc are all sites often bundled together unfortunately into "throat" cancer. "sore throat" symptoms can overlap anatomical sites. Different sites can have different issues. Difficulties in taste, dentition, chewing, w/ food types (solid, acidic, spicy, carbonated), reflux, ear pain, change in smell/taste can be seen. ...Read more
Painless mass ornone: Proper screening with self breast exams looking for new lumps, breast exams by your physician looking for skin or nipple chanes as well as masses or lymph nodes, and mammogram and ultrasound if needed are the best ways to pick up early stage breast cancer before it causes any symptoms. Once advanced it can cause many different symptoms throughout the body. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nothing or something: It's really depends. A cyst can be completely asymptomatic. You may not even know you have one unless for some reason someone looks in your throat and sees it. If they get really large they can cause obstructive symptoms. Depending on where they're located they might cause the feeling of fullness or blockage. If they become infected they can cause pain. ...Read more
A lump: Usually rough-surfaced, seldom very painful, sometimes just an enlarges testis if the cancer is inside. Check yourself when you feel like it, and at least once a month with some serious-minded attention to what's there. If you haven't yet discovered your epididymis, you will and it's not cancer. Any new mass should get seen by your physician. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Often nothing: Many times, there are no symptoms but, people can experience pain, trouble with swallowing and voice changes. If you suspect this, don't' try to treat it at home. See your pcp or ENT for a formal diagnosis and treatment plan. ...Read more
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