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Where are cancerous tumors usually found with throat cancer?

Where are cancerous tumors usually found with throat cancer?

Vague question: "throat cancer" is a vague layman's term which can encompass many different problems. In general, most head and neck "throat cancers" are squamous cell cancers, which are commonly associated with smoking, drinking and hpv infection. They can occur anywhere there is squamous mucosa: tongue, tonsil, palate, throat, larynx, etc. See you ENT for an exam or screening. ...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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Are benign and malignant nasal tumors common or rare? What are the statistics for benign and malignant nasal tumors and who mostly gets them?

Are benign and malignant nasal tumors common or rare? What are the statistics for benign and malignant nasal tumors and who mostly gets them?

Nasal tumors: The most common tumors of the nasal cavity are squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma variants. They are twice as common in men versus women, and the median age of presentation is in the early to mid 60's. The patient will usually present with chronic sinus congestion or recurrent nasal obstruction. Risk factors include tobacco smoke and occupational exposure (wood dust and textile dust). ...Read more

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Are all lumps in the breast diagnosed as cancer? Can some lumps be benign?

Are all lumps in the breast diagnosed as cancer? Can some lumps be benign?

Breast lumps: Not all breast lumps or masses are malignant. Breast lumps/masses should be evaluated by a doctor and biopsied, if necessary, to see what they are and treat them accordingly. ...Read more

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Are very small ovarian teratomas in teens usually benign or cancerous?

Are very small ovarian teratomas in teens usually benign or cancerous?

Mostly benign: Most dermis cyst are bening that been said due to there high content of fat they make ovaries prone to torsion. Close follow up should be taken. ...Read more

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Are nodules found in the lung curable?

Are nodules found in the lung curable?

Curable? No: Lung nodules are very common, and over 95% are benign scars that require no "cure". They don't go away, and therefore are not "cured" but they are harmless. The 4-5% of lung nodules that are cancer require some form of treatment and many of these are curable. This depends upon thorough evaluation of the nodule, staging and treatment by experienced teams. ...Read more

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Are breast tumor, cyst and cancer have same symptoms? Tumor has similar but which does cancer have that tumors don't carry?

Are breast tumor, cyst and cancer have same symptoms? Tumor has similar but which does cancer have that tumors don't carry?

Lumps: Tumor is a nonspecific term for a growth which may be benign or malignant. Malignant tumors grow and often spread while benign tumors may grow but don't spread to distant tissues. A cyst is a fluid filled growth which is usually benign. Even benign breast tumors and cysts may cause pain and tenderness and may require surgery. ...Read more

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Why are tumor deposits in colon cancer considered as lymph nodes when there are no lymphovascular invasion, because of td it's becoming a stage 3?

Why are tumor deposits in colon cancer considered as lymph nodes when there are no lymphovascular invasion, because of td it's becoming a stage 3?

Local spread: If the tumor deposits are located away from the main primary, then most authorities consider them to be equivalent to a positive lymph node(s). Most likely these deposits got there via lymphovascular invasion even if the pathologist could not see that histologically on the slides. The ajcc also considers discontinous tumor deposits as n1c in the pathological staging system. ...Read more

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Could colon cancer T4 , no positive nodes, but isolated tumor deposits found in pericolic tissue be cured with chemotherapy and radiation?

Could colon cancer T4 , no positive nodes, but  isolated tumor deposits found in pericolic tissue be cured with chemotherapy and radiation?

Surgery is the best : Shot. A T4 lesion means the cancer has grown outside the walls of the colon and into adjacent structures. If all of the cancer can be surgically removed you can be cured. Often we add chemotherapy and radiation if there are positive microscopic cells left behind. Newer techniques such as hipec are also used in these cases. ...Read more

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Are nasal tumors rare in people in 30's, both benign and malignant? What are statistics of cancerous ones?

Are nasal tumors rare in people in 30's, both benign and malignant? What are statistics of cancerous ones?

Yes: Nasal tumors are less common but may still occur in younger people. See a medical professional for an examination to determine the cause. Don't jump into statistics about malignancy before you know what is wrong. ...Read more

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In fine needle biopsy cancer cells r seen in group & single.benign ductal cells also seen.conclusion is carcinoma of breast.but y benign cells r seen?

In fine needle biopsy cancer cells r seen in group & single.benign ductal cells also seen.conclusion is carcinoma of breast.but y benign cells r seen?

Good point: The biopsy needle took a sample from the area of abnormal cells, and also took a sample from an area with normal cells. An excisional biopsy may help clarify any inconsistencies and a discussion with an oncologist as to the meaning of the result. ...Read more

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Why are some cancers(like testicular) highly curable even in full metastasis yet others(like lung cancer) are rarely curable even in early stages?

Why are some cancers(like testicular) highly curable even in full metastasis yet others(like lung cancer) are rarely curable even in early stages?

Not alike: All cancers are not alike and have different biology and genetic factors. Some are more sensitive to chemotherapies and others more resistant. Some tumors are inherently more aggressive. The patient's immune system defends some cancers more efficiently. No two cancers are alike. ...Read more

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How common are aggressive tumors found in the jaw area?

How common are aggressive tumors found in the jaw area?

Depends: Tumors in the jaw area can be oral cancers invading into the jawbone or rarely bone cancers of the jaw. These cancers can occur in the setting of chronic alcohol use, smoking, chewing tobacco. A thorough oral exam by an oral surgeon or ENT physician is a start to get an accurate assessment. ...Read more

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Does rai normally eradicate the cancer cells in metastatic sites of papillary thyroid carcinoma? Or does it only reduce the tumors in these sites?

Does rai normally eradicate the cancer cells in metastatic sites of papillary thyroid carcinoma? Or does it only reduce the tumors in these sites?

Eradicate: Rai can eradicate thyroid cancer cells from distant sites such as the lung or bone. It may not be completely effective with everyone, however, as some tumor cells at these distant sites have lost the ability to take up the iodine like normal thyroid cells can. In such cases, repeat and/or higher doses may be required. ...Read more

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How likely are atypical cells found in a lymph node biopsy cancerous?

How likely are atypical cells found in a lymph node biopsy cancerous?

Questionable: When lymph nodes are examined it is to see if the are involved in an inflammatory process or have a primary or metastatic malignancy ongoing. Touch preps may help to define the presence of abnormal cells but if they do, immunohistochemistry is performed with a battery of monoclonals to see if a specific malignancy is present. At times normal skin and glandular elements are found in nodes ...Read more

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Hey are these lipoma fatty tumours cancerous? Or can they be.. In some cases?

Almost never: Lipomas are very common and very benign. They don't have to be removed unless they are causing pain. ...Read more

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My son has pancreatic cancer which is also in the liver. The liver tumor is small. They found no other places with cancer. Why not remove liver tumor?

My son has pancreatic cancer which is also in the liver. The liver tumor is small. They found no other places with cancer. Why not remove liver tumor?

Depends: It really depends on type of cancer. Adenocarcinoma is not resectable once outside the pancreas because there are other areas that u can't see yet. If it is neuroendocrine tumor then surgery is an option. Also liver lesion needs to be biopsied or pet positive to reliably say that there is cancer there. Get another opinion. ...Read more

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Are tumors in the lung usually a result of metastatic cancer?

Are tumors in the lung usually a result of metastatic cancer?

Often: They are either metastatic lesions that spread from other parts of the body, or they are "primary" lung cancers that originated in the lung tissue. Most often if multiple tumors, they would be metastatic lesions, but if there was a single spot seen in a smoker, it may be a primary tumor. ...Read more

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Are benign tumors in the lungs rare?

Are benign tumors in the lungs rare?

No: Benign lung nodules are not rare and are found during routine chest x-rays or, more likely ct scans. The most common are hamartomas or adenomas that are totally innocent if they are in the outer lung as usual but can block a lung if they are in one of the bronchial tubes. Although, pet scans can help determine that these are benign, some require surgical removal to assure that they are benign. ...Read more

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How many teens are aware that oral sex can cause throat cancer?

How many teens are aware that oral sex can cause 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 more

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Where are cancerous tumors usually found with throat cancer?

Vague question: "throat cancer" is a vague layman's term which can encompass many different problems. In general, most head and neck "throat cancers" are squamous cell cancers, which are commonly associated with smoking, drinking and hpv infection. They can occur anywhere there is squamous mucosa: tongue, tonsil, palate, throat, larynx, etc. See you ENT for an exam or screening. ...Read more

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How can you test for throat cancer or tumors?

How can you test for throat cancer or tumors?

Throat cancer: First see ENT. MD can check mucosal surfaces, do endoscopy, feel for lymph nodes. if any findings, biopsy and imaging studies indicated, i.e. CT, MRI, US ...Read more

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Does anyone know how they test for throat cancer, throat tumors?

Does anyone know how they test for throat cancer, throat tumors?

Biopsy/histopath.: The patient will typically undergo a needle biopsy of this lesion, and when histopathologic information is available, a multidisciplinary discussion of the optimal treatment strategy will be undertaken. ...Read more

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Sir, I have taken radiotherapy for my throat cancer. Now I am free of that tumor. Is there any possibility that it be seems in any other body part ?

Sir, I have taken radiotherapy for my throat cancer. Now I am free of that tumor. Is there any possibility that it be seems in any other body part ?

Glad got cured: Congratulation now free of tumor , now you have to continue the check ups, always there is a chance of developing second primary cancer , fortunately the incidence is not that high. Good luck ( stop smoking if you did ). ...Read more

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How do they test for throat cancer, throat tumors or cysts?

Test: Best to see ENT for exam. If lesion found, biopsy may be indicated, imaging studies (CT, MRI, Ultrasound) ...Read more

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My friends uncle had throat cancer (tumor) spread to lungs and blood according to doctors and say survival is impossible, what options does he have?

My friends uncle had throat cancer  (tumor) spread to lungs and blood according to doctors and say survival is impossible, what options does he have?

End of Life: Cancer that has spread to multiple organs with distant metastasis is regrettably, an extremely poor prognosis. The best option is to ask your doctor to enlist the services of hospice. The inter disciplinary team will not only attend to his physical needs for comfort through a doctor and nurse, but also address his nutrition and spiritual needs as well. My prayers are with you for peace. ...Read more

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If someone just found out that they have throat cancer and must go under surgery the next day how bad is it?

If someone just found out that they have throat cancer and must go under surgery the next day how bad is it?

Depends where: Modern surgical techniques and advances in the operating room over the last decades has vastly improved. Although the operation may be small or larger be sure you choose a surgeon who has done many of the operations that he is proposing for you. ...Read more

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If u had throat cancer systems u would know by 2 months ??

If u had throat cancer systems u would know by 2 months ??

Not necessarily: Throat cancer can take years to develop Risk factors include smoking, drinking and oral sex If your worried see a specialist ENT for exam ...Read more

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Would u know if u had throat cancer? Would a scope see signs of it?

Would u know if u had throat cancer? Would a scope see signs of it?

Throat cancers: Usually present with pain, swallowing or voice change, with or without a lump (node) in the neck. Common in people taht smoke and drink over the age of 50, but increasing with hpv in folks even in their 20's. The "scope" is best done by ENT doc, not the er or gp office. They need to refer you, if necessary, after a history and an exam. ...Read more

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What is the risk of death if throat cancer is found in very early stages?

What is the risk of death if throat cancer is found in very early stages?

Low: Very early stage of head and neck cancer is curable . I am glad that you don't smoke. A couple of more things you can do- decrease your alcohol intake and hpv vaccination for you. ...Read more

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How long does it take for ur throat to close up if u have throat cancer jw ?

How long does it take for ur throat to close up if u have throat cancer jw ?

Witin wks if RT used: Most throat cancers represent small part of oral cancers, the most frequent in tongue and floor mouth. If oropharynx or hypopharyns Ca, dx is squamous Ca very sensitive to RT/Chemo. Occasionally tumors arise from minor salivary glands. Rt will destroy tumor but block throat temporarily from swelling. If localized, transhyoid pharyngotomy results in easy resection of Ca with temporary tube feed ...Read more

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If you are a light smoker for a year could u get throat cancer? And also 16 years of age?

If you are a light smoker for a year could u get throat cancer? And also 16 years of age?

No: that would be highly unusual, and pretty close to impossible. However, there are other causes of cancer in any part of the body including the throat. Lymphoma can occur there, and have really nothing to do with smoking or other known risk factors. You don't say why you are concerned, but you need to present those symptoms to your doctor. If it is hoarseness, that is common, and goes away. ...Read more

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If u had throat cancer would u be able to eat or drink anything bc i heard ur throat closes up ?

If u had throat cancer would u be able to eat or drink anything bc i heard ur throat closes up ?

Not necessarily: Throat would close up only with advanced cancer. In early stages the disease may be asymptomatic. At your age, it is very unlikely that you have throat cancer. Visit this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/oral-and-throat-cancer/basics/symptoms/CON-20042850 ...Read more

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How many new cases of throat cancer per year in the u.S.?  how many throat cancer deaths per year?  what % is female?  what % overall is from hpv?

How many new cases of throat cancer per year in the u.S.?  how many throat cancer deaths per year?  what % is female?  what % overall is from hpv?

Throat cancer: In the United States, 14, 290 new cases of throat cancer are reported a year. For both men and women. The death rate for them was about 1.3 per 100, 000 people in a population. The odds of hpv-positive throat cancer doubled in individuals who reported between 1 and 5 lifetime oral sexual partners.The risk increased five-fold in those patients with 6 or more oral sexual partners. Males have more risk. ...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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Have I got throat cancer?

Have I got throat cancer?

Hope not: Without any symptoms or an exam who knows. If you are concerened see your doctor. ...Read more

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What symptoms for throat cancer?

What symptoms for throat cancer?

Depends on site: There are multiple areas in the throat that may be affected by cancer and each site has different symptoms. The general symptoms include difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, pain in the throat, enlarged tonsils and in some cases first symptoms may be enlarged nodes due to mets. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/oral-and-throat-cancer/ds00349. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Katharine Cox
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Throat Cancer (Definition)

Cancer of the voice box, the vocal cords, and other ...Read more