The tumor was on the base of the back of my tongue. My first Post-Treatment PET scan at 2 months showed me Clear/Clean of all cancer cells. I have had pain swallowing ... If diagnosed early, throat cancer has a high survival rate. I am doing well, but have the same issues as a lot of you. I had better odds at winning the lottery and I don't even play! Back to top Speech Problems. Imaging tests of the chest, neck, and head can provide a better picture of the disease’s progression. These tests may include the following. We got to the car and I just started crying and sobbing like a baby. I was in the petroleum business for over 25 years and in my younger years I had a lot of exposure to gasoline and distillates. That was another 6 or 8 months. As soon as i told him the story he sent me for another hearing test with a preasure test on my ear drums. 2) trismus, I can only open my mouth 1/4" top teeth to bottom teeth - getting my obturator into my mouth can be a challenge every morning. I think I "knew" early on long before any of the tests. I left the doctor’s office with several appointments already made for me. Besides the thirst and fatigue the 3rd sympton I noticed was some difficulty swollowing, it hurt but was only a mild annoince. by Feb I was still having trouble with my ear, and also, my left nostril was always plugged up. Here are some ways this treatment may be used to treat head and neck cancers: As the main treatment I went back 2 days later and there it was a lump in my throat. God bless you and keep you in His loving arms. I think it was denial but even the Dr. first thought it might just be a sinus infection settled in the lympth node, which can happen. If I don't, my mouth gets extremely dry as if something suddenly sucks all moisture even if I had just drank 30 minutes previously. If this test reveals abnormalities, your doctor may take a tissue sample (called a biopsy) from your throat and test the sample for cancer. Treatment stage 4, as I write this I find it difficult even post treatment three years. I also have a stent in my right carotid artery which was probably caused by the radiation. If you have (or have had) laryngeal or hypopharyngeal cancer, you probably want to know if there's anything you can do that might lower your risk of the cancer growing or coming back, such as exercising, eating a certain type of diet, or taking nutritional supplements. Ouch, what a hard story. Sounds like most of you had doctors or dentists who did not initially suspect cancer but you all kept at it. You seem to be a prime example of what I'm seeing from people here...courage and determination. These are the basic stages of throat cancer: Stage 0 Throat Cancer Also called carcinoma in situ, this is the very beginning of the scale. tumor. Our website services, content, and products are for informational purposes only. I had … Thanks so much for sharing. Called me that day and said I needed a CAT scan. This type of imaging test can be used in cases of advanced cancer. I remember the Dr. examining him, and doing blood work. Throat cancer is a general term that describes several different types of cancer. The treatment method recommended by your doctor will depend on the extent of your disease, among other factors. Head and neck cancers account for about 3 percent of all cancers in the U.S. An MRI looks for tumors and can determine whether cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Have you ever said that? After being treated for head and neck cancer, Michael explains what he wishes he had known before he started treatment, including oral care tips, nutrition advice, and how to get support. Some cancers which begin in the throat area, as well as the tongue, salivary glands, sinuses, nose or ear, are classified as head and neck cancers. ... 15 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery. God is Good. He wasn’t a smoker. Lets say surgery was aborted and small biopsy was taken. If only I knew then what I know now. Thrilled you are doing well. He did a hearing test, looked in my ear and showed me on video that I had some kind of membrane growing over my ear drum in both ears. By June i was getting pretty unconfortable, but we had a trip planned for Sturgis in July and wanted to make the trip. I survived and intend to go on living...you can too, just hand in there. Radiation treatments. I was sitting in church about one month later waiting for a meeting and all of the sudden I coughed up blood. “Throat cancer” can actually mean more than one kind of cancer, and each affects a different place in your throat. Your doctor may suggest a barium swallow if you’re having difficulties swallowing. Frances. Carla. This imaging test uses X-rays to create a cross-sectional picture of your body. I work with toddlers so I thought nothing of it. Here is a sample of what many wished they had … I had experienced no telltale symptoms. Thanks, Marshie. I liked his credentials, so made an appointment with him for Aug 16th. Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to destroy malignant cancer cells. I wasted time that I could have been in treatment. I was very fit and in good shape, walking 2-3miles and day and biking as well. After months of treatment and to and fro to the hospital(who were great team) our life is starting to go back to normal. So I showed her the sore, didn't tell her it was cancer but simply said it was more than a dental issue. 57 Replies, Many of us lose some or all taste during treatment for Head and Neck Cancer. I found another ENT DR. Shabdiz, on line. If it is not treated, the enlarging tumour can compress … It also helps them determine whether the tumor has spread to different areas, such as the lymph nodes and the lungs. But, here I am 16 years later living a good life. Our oncolocgist said throat cancer is the least likely to spread outside the area, and has a high cure rate. I realized how much it had grown and changed. Bowel cancer symptoms. Unfortunately, that was not the case. His first glance told him, "its not an infected node". I could still eat ok with no problem, but that feeling would not go away. Things got rough towards the very end of radiation treatment for me but I made it. The general surgeon said we'll measure the lump and you come back in 3 months and we'll see if it grows. 5 Replies, Hi All I was wondering if you could advice if your pet/ct came back negative for cancer but then cancer was found? This scan helps your doctor determine the size of a tumor. You might feel like food is stuck in your throat. Has ... Your doctor may recommend one of the following surgical procedures: Following the removal of the tumor, your doctor may recommend radiation therapy. Primary was left tonsil with soft and hard palate, base of tongue, base of skull. Signs include bleeding in the mouth, difficulty swallowing, or a persistent earache. HEAD AND NECK cancer include cancers of the mouth and throat - and rarer cancers. The stages range from 0 to 4: Your doctor can use a variety of tests to stage your throat cancer. The nature of nicotine makes it very difficult to quit…, Here are the best cancer blogs to find support, gain information, learn about the newest research and treatments, and more. Also, one side of my chin and lip have been numb for weeks. Fort Mill SC I was told I had esophageal cancer back in February 2014. You can discuss reconstructive surgery with your doctor if you have face or neck disfigurement after surgery. I'm always strong ... I would not have made it without it. Hubby noticed a lump on the left side of his neck........no pain so he didn't do anything for about 12 months. – WHAT ACTUALLY CAUSES DEATH ? I started with weight loss for many months and going to doctor a lot with many different complaints. That was another 6 or 8 months. If you have any of the symptoms listed here, please see your GP. That turned out to a year of chasing cancer and no one knowing the real answer. 17 Replies, My fiance' just found out he has stage 3 Squamous Cancer on his tonsil, Tongue and lymph node. Finally he had to go to the doc for a script and I went with him and asked the doctor to have a look at it. The biopsy confirmed I had nasalpharngeal SCC. Hang in there, buddy. Once I got through that, I drove home, about 40 minutes in pure silence. That's another story but was the cause of my cancer. 222 Replies, how big a priority is post treatment swallowing for the average patient who has had head and neck cancer chemotherapy? It is over 1" high. 1) titanium and acrylic obturator in my mouth every day - in cold temps it is extremely painful and difficult to get into my mouth. What were the first foods you found delicious again? Throat cancer refers to cancer of the voice box, vocal cords, and other parts of the throat, such as the tonsils and the oropharynx. Dom Marshall, from Wolstanton, turned to private treatment after radiotherapy made it virtually impossible to swallow. A laryngoscopy is an exam that allows your doctor to see your larynx and detect issues within your throat. Throat cancer may not be curable once malignant cells spread to parts of the body beyond the neck and head. Learn more about why this happens and how it’s treated. After 2 weeks nothing had changed so I went to my first of 3 ENT Doc's. While waiting for results I remember talking about how it was probably an infection and he would get antibiotics and everything would be fine, and where do you want to go for lunch.....then the Dr. came in and said it looked like a tumor, and it probably was cancer. I feel upset that I had to go thru all these Dr visits to get a diagnosis. It is almost like the world turns merrily along and you step off that merry-go-round into an alternate reality to do battle with reality. I felt the treatment as not too bad, didnt have some of the ill effects that some do and felt lucky. Head and neck cancer can cause pain or a burning sensation when chewing and swallowing food. Throat cancer refers to cancer of the voice box, the vocal cords, and other parts of the throat, such as the tonsils and oropharynx. Using a scope to get a closer look at your throat. it just takes a story like your husband's and the self-pity fades away. The next molar was getting loose as well. The two primary types of throat cancer are: It can be difficult to detect throat cancer in its early stages. Above all remember, WE ARE HERE FOR YOU to support you, bitch, whine, cry...we will hold your hand if needed. I was on his case for a long time to go to the doctor, but it went in one ear and out the other. The symptoms were a scratchy throat and white patches on the tonsil and side of the throat. Reading your stories gives me goose bumps. His assistant took an xray and it was then he suspected cancer and made me an immediate appt with an oral surgeon the following day. Doctor said mass to large to do surgery. Lots of people aren't. I am now just finishing my first week of radation... no chemo.. looking foward to a good recovery. In many cases, symptoms only appear during more advanced stages, making it crucial for at-risk individuals to receive periodic exams to rule out possible tumors. T4 Squamous Cell Carcinoma. He came up with a infected tooth and to go and see the dentist as he thought it was a swollen gland. But there are risk factors that can increase your chance of developing it. Biopsies were cut all over my mouth all of which came back negative. Some types of thyroid cancers can quickly invade nearby structures, such as the trachea. That set me on a rapid course of treatment. I would appreciate hearing your personal stories of how you first suspected cancer and also how you were diagnosed. The Ct was then followed by and endoscopy and a biopsy- stage 4 tonsil cancer- and our trip down the rabbit hole began. President Teddy Roosevelt had the same thing. My right sinus was full of cancer. After 2 rounds of anti-biotics that did nothing he refered me to an ENT. Certain lifestyle habits increase the risk of developing cancer of the throat, including: Throat cancer is also associated with certain types of human papillomavirus infections (HPV). mogeye, Told ... Before those tests were sent away we were already told he had cancer...turns out he had scc stage4 with bi-lateral nodes involved. You may cough or feel like food or liquid are going into the airway (windpipe). If you have problems, let your doctors know. Your doctor may recommend one of the following types of biopsies: If your doctor finds cancerous cells in your throat, they will order additional tests to identify the stage, or the extent, of your cancer. Laryngeal cancer is a type of throat cancer that affects the larynx. In Loving Memory of Gary Stefano, Diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer in 2014. Primary site was base of tongue and it had spread to 3 places in the neck. People who have a hard time swallowing may choke on their food or liquid…, Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by human papillomavirus. Went to regular Doc who looked in my ear, didn't see any infection but put me on antibiotics and clartin. We did some shallow water diving had our weeks vacation and came home. Outside of the larynx, a number of inherited genes predispose family members to cancer development. They have never found the primary tumor site so they had to bombard me with rad and chemo. Thank goodness he had a dentist who was on the ball. The cancer may be gone but the treatment has left me ... Best of luck to you. These people are more sensitive to the cancer-causing effects of tobacco smoke, alcohol, and certain industrial chemicals. The best I can get out of them is stress theory. They have never found the primary tumor site so they had to bombard me with rad and chemo. If your doctor suspects that the cancer has spread to your lungs, you’ll need a chest X-ray to check for abnormalities. that all started in June of 2012 and he has had multiple biopsies done since and Pet scans and have all come back clear. Oral cancers develop in the tissues of the mouth or throat. Some symptoms of throat cancer are specific to certain areas of the body. Carla, FIRST, REALIZE: I am a very positive ... All this time he had no pain, just a little trouble chewing at times. Some may experience a sore throat that does not go away. 50 Replies, Curious, my mother went to the dentist yesterday for a cleaning and they found what the dentist told her he suspected to be cancer. They are tracking for the potential of lung cancer. That report came back ok. By quitting the habit, I thought my chances of developing cancer had been diminished. Throughout treatment, you’ll work closely with a variety of specialists. Head and neck cancers are cancers that start in the throat and head, but do not include cancers of the eye or brain cancers. In fact, some people diagnosed with throat cancer are diagnosed with esophageal, lung, or bladder cancer at the same time. I had the CAT done the next day and before I even got home he called and told me to come in again the following day for a biopsy. DC, By this time it was growing so fast I was losing my voice and was having trouble swallowing. That was where my cancer had spread to. 21 Replies, Help on diagnosis of hpv related oral cancer, Squamous cell carcinoma stage four first diagnose 2004 second 2006-current. By late December my back molar on my right side was loose and finally fell out. It is unnerving to not know. Some people with throat cancer require therapy after treatment to relearn how to speak. HPV infection is a risk factor for certain oropharyngeal cancers, according to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Some people inherit DNA mutations from their parents that greatly increase their risk for developing certain cancers. All I can say is God is Good. After months of not eating and pain, my then girlfriend convinced me to get help. Not many on here seemed to have a proactive doctor at first. My wife Debi and I made the appointment which was a Friday, then had to wait over the weekend for the results, nothing like being on hold when your life is at risk. The signs of throat cancer can include a few symptoms such as: ear pain, wheezing, sore throat, swallowing difficulties, breathing difficulties, constant need to clear your throat, coughing out blood, sudden unexplained weight loss, frequent headaches, etc. i continue to fight the fight and look for solutions. Chemotherapy is a drug that kills and slows the growth of malignant cells. Yaaaaa. Thanks for responding. Types of radiation therapy include: In the case of large tumors and tumors that have spread to the lymph nodes and other organs or tissue, your doctor may recommend chemotherapy as well as radiation. (teeth were fine) That was on a Monday and by the Thursday we were down at the maxcillo facial clinic having biopsies done. A laryngoscopy gives your doctor a closer view of your throat. I hated having the stomach tube for feedings but was glad it was there for my nurishment. It may be quieter or husky. Sometimes, cancerous squamous cells can be found in the lymph nodes of the upper neck when there is no evidence of cancer in other parts of the head and neck (). The first symptom I had was a feeling of fullness in my throat. Cancer is a class of diseases in which abnormal cells multiply and divide uncontrollably in the body. Oral…, Swallowing difficulty is the inability to swallow foods or liquids with ease. Not a few days later did it start bleeding when I dried it after showering. By September-October instead of healing it was getting more widespread. I know I have stress and on the outside. Throat cancer most often begins in the flat cells that line the inside of your throat.Your voice box sits just below your throat and also is susceptible to throat cancer. Read about the procedure. Praise God. Metastatic throat cancer. They asked how much blood and what led to me coughing blood. In febuary he wanted to do biopsy and remover tumor. 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 Answered on Nov 11, 2015 1 doctor agrees A tiny camera at the end of the endoscope transmits images to a video screen that your doctor watches for signs of abnormalities in your throat.Another type of scope (laryngoscope) can be inserted in your voice box. David They had no idea why he contracted throat cancer. Your doctor may use a special lighted scope (endoscope) to get a close look at your throat during a procedure called endoscopy. To start a new discussion in this community, please click here. Doctors do not know the exact causes of throat cancers. I took him to the ER. Treatment options for throat cancer include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. It describes abnormal cells in the lining of the throat that have the potential to become cancer. On Good friday I had tumor and one tonsil removed by using the di vinci robot. Dry Mouth and nueropathy are the culprits at this point. So take heart there is a light at the end of it all......all the best Then a lump in my throat appeared and was biopsied and the lymph node was positive for scuamous cell carcinoma. The oral surgeon took a panorama xray showing both my left and right sinus cavities. The National Cancer Institute estimates that of adults in the United States: Although all throat cancers involve the development and growth of abnormal cells, your doctor has to identify your specific type to determine the most effective treatment plan. Sorry you went through all that. Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. The scan creates images of areas of radioactivity in your body. I do well with the tube and am very active. The voice box is made of cartilage and contains the vocal cords that vibrate to make so… 90 Replies, Read what Michael Douglas has to say about his survivorship with "hellish throat-cancer". He ordered a CT which came back with a 98% chance that it showed cancer cells. P.S. klSaid I may have blown them out but they had healed. That is when I first met Dr Carol Shores my life saver and angel. They said my throat was red but not anything...possibly tonsil infection. how to know if i have throat cancer? Hubby being him waited a other 2 months before going there. Are you sure you want to delete this reply? swallowing after head and neck cancer chemotherapy, Taking charge: How to be a proactive patient. Hope you are improving. I did have chemo and radiation treatments however I did not have surgery ... I didn't know you could have cancer and not know where it was. Over the past 30 years, the morbidity and mortality rates for throat cancer have declined, due in large part to public health efforts discouraging tobacco use. Treatment started after all the cancer team had their meeting as to what treatment he had to have. Throat cancer is relatively uncommon in comparison to other cancers. He made an immediate appt with a H&N cancer surgeon. 27 Replies, Are there any other men out there or their concerned women who are aware of the epidemic of tongue and throat cancer caused by oral sex? When I went in he new ehere tumor was and how to remove it. ... Head and neck cancer symptoms. Recognizing potential signs of throat cancer, Causes and risk factors for throat cancer, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) of the Mouth: What You Should Know, Adenoiditis: An Infection of Your Infection-Fighting Tissue, Everything you Need to Know About Human Papillomavirus Infection, nasopharynx cancer (upper part of the throat), oropharynx cancer (middle part of the throat), hypopharynx cancer (bottom part of the throat), an oncologist, who performs surgical procedures like the removal of tumors, a radiation oncologist, who treats your cancer using radiation therapy, a pathologist, who examines tissue samples from your biopsy. At your appointment, your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. He referred me to an onocologist surgeon. Timelessrider, Throat cancer is often grouped under the category of head and neck cancers. Throat cancer describes an agglomeration of various kinds of cancer that affect the throat and adjacent areas. It was confirmed. 32 Replies, I was diagnosed with stage 4 Base of tongue cancer in May of 2009. I went to my doctor, he said he could not see anything that I should be concerned about.
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