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Throat Cancer Overview
Throat cancer is a type of head and neck cancer. It can be caused by cancer in the oropharynx, hypopharynx and the nasopharynx. Sometimes the voice box is included as part of throat cancer. About 1,000 men and women are diagnosed each year in Canada with throat cancer. The majority are men greater than the age of 65 years.
Tumors in the throat can be benign or malignant. Benign tumors are polyps or nodules and do not spread to other body areas. Malignant growths can be a threat to life and can travel to other areas of the body. Laryngeal cancer cells spread by breaking away from the larynx and cab travel via the lymph nodes or blood vessels to lungs, bone or liver.
Risk factors to getting laryngeal cancer are often heavy tobacco smokers and heavy drinkers. Other risk factors include having an HPV infection, which is a viral infection that can affect the throat. Gastroesophageal reflux disease can predispose someone to getting oropharyngeal cancer.
Symptoms of throat cancer include having a hoarse voice, a sore throat or trouble swallowing or a lump in the neck. Other symptoms include having a cough that won’t go away, difficulty breathing or an earache that won’t go away.
In order to diagnose throat cancer, the doctor will feel for a lump in the throat. An indirect endoscopy uses a lighted mirror to see the back of the throat and larynx. In order to prevent gagging, the doctor anesthetizes the back of the throat with an anesthetic. A direct laryngoscopy looks directly at the back of the throat and the voice box. It looks for polyps or erosions. The laryngoscope can be flexible or rigid. Biopsies are taken of suspicious lesions and a pathologist reads the slides.
The cancer is then staged to see how advanced it is. Cancer cells can travel within the area of the throat. It can also spread to lungs, bones, liver and other body areas. The doctor will check to see if the cancer has spread to nearby tissues by checking a chest x-ray, a CT scan of the neck and lungs, or an MRI exam of the above areas. When it spreads to other body areas, it can seed another tumor elsewhere.
Stages 0, I, and II are considered early cancer and are rarely found in the lymph nodes. Stages III, IV represents advanced cancer that has spread to lymph nodes and beyond.
Treatment of throat cancer depends on surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy. Early throat cancer can be treated with surgery or with radiotherapy. Some patients have a combination of therapies to cure their cancer. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are often given at the same time. Targeted therapy is given to those who have advanced throat cancer. The choice of therapy depends on the patient’s general health, where in the larynx the cancer is and whether or not the cancer has spread.
There will be a team of doctors and staff to take care of you. These include an otolaryngologist, oncologist, head and neck surgeon and radiation oncologists. You may also have a dentist, a plastic surgeon, a reconstructive surgeon, an oncology nurse, a registered dietician and a speech language pathologist. A mental health counselor will help you with your mental issues. The healthcare team is able to describe for you your treatment choices and the expected results of each, along with side effects of treatments. You can work out a plan that fits for you. You will receive pain management along with your treatment and this will be monitored by your care team.
Toronto Medical Malpractice Lawyers
The medical profession which includes doctors, nurses and hospital technicians usually provides a caring service with a high standard of excellence however there are occasions when things do go wrong. Our litigation service is completely free and our Toronto medical malpractice lawyers will deal with your case using a contingency fee arrangement which means that if you don’t succeed in receiving a financial settlement then your throat cancer lawyer won't get paid.
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