Throat cancer is a type of cancer that affects the throat and is primarily of two types – pharyngeal cancer and laryngeal cancer. Pharyngeal cancer forms in the pharynx whereas the laryngeal cancer affects the larynx. The most common signs of the condition include change in voice, trouble in swallowing, sore throat, weight loss, ear pain, persistent cough, swollen lymph nodes and wheezing.
HOW IS THROAT CANCER DIAGNOSED?
Doctor will perform a laryngoscopy and if it reveals abnormalities, the doctor may take a tissue sample from throat for biopsy 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.