Throat cancer is a term that may describe cancer of any portion of the throat including:

Tonsillar cancer
Baser of Tongue Cancer
Laryngeal Cancer

Throat cancer may present with symptoms including:

Difficulty swallowing
Throat pain
Voice changes
Ear pain
Neck mass
Weight loss
Hemoptysis or coughing of blood

Risk factors for throat cancer include tobacco and alcohol use. Even if tobacco use has stopped, a history of tobacco in the past may be related to development of cancer.

Evaluation for throat cancer includes a complete head and neck exam, laryngoscopy, and possibly bronchoscopy and esophagoscopy. A CT scan, MRI, or PET scan may be ordered for evaluation as well.

Biopsy is performed, either in the office or in the operating room, to obtain tissue for diagnosis.

Treatment for tonsillar cancer may involve a combination of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

For more details on laryngeal cancer please click here.

Dr-Verma - Voice and Swallowing Doctor - Sunil Verma MD is an online resource for patients and physicians to learn more about common voice, swallowing, breathing and throat disorders. Throat complaints, from cough to cancer, are a common reason for patients to seek medical treatment. This website developed as a result of Dr. Sunil Verma's passions: that of education, patient care, and interest in technology.

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