Throat Cancer refers to cancerous tumors that develop in the throat, voice box or tonsils. Throat Cancer can also affect the piece of cartilage that acts as a lid for the windpipe. Throat Cancer is often grouped into two categories namely pharyngeal cancer and laryngeal cancer. While pharyngeal cancer forms in the pharynx, laryngeal cancer forms in the larynx. Some of the symptoms of Throat Cancer include weight loss, change in the voice, sore throat, wheezing, ear pain, hoarseness and persistent cough.
HOW IS THROAT CANCER DIAGNOSED?
An Oncologist diagnoses Throat Cancer by performing a laryngoscopy to get a closer view of the throat and often, the doctor may take a tissue sample from the throat and test the sample for cancer.
HOW IS THROAT CANCER TREATED?
If the tumor in throat is small, then it may be removed surgically. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are the other available options
DID YOU KNOW?
Throat cancer may not be curable once malignant cells spread to parts of the body beyond the neck and head. However, people can continue treatment to prolong their life and slow the progression of the disease.