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My mother has cancer in the throat area that one doctor has said already metastasized in both lymph nodes? What course of action should we take?
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
In brief: Sounds like
Oropharynx (base of tongue, tonsil, hypopharynx, supraglottic larynx as primary, there are chains of nodes on both sides of the neck, the more & the bigger involved, the less favorable.
Hx: smoking/alcohol: if not hpv genome check in tumor. Standard: chemo/rt. Some prefer chemo first, then chem/rt with neck dissection to follow, especially for residual nodes.

In brief: Sounds like
Oropharynx (base of tongue, tonsil, hypopharynx, supraglottic larynx as primary, there are chains of nodes on both sides of the neck, the more & the bigger involved, the less favorable.
Hx: smoking/alcohol: if not hpv genome check in tumor. Standard: chemo/rt. Some prefer chemo first, then chem/rt with neck dissection to follow, especially for residual nodes.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Good advice. But many people in your mother's position get excellent results. And I am glad she has someone who cares so deeply about her as to seek advice from us. God bless both of you.
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