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Throat Cancer

The throat is a muscular tube that extends about 5 inches from the neck base to the posterior aspect of the nose. It includes the larynx or voice box which is also prone to getting throat cancer. It is estimated, in fact, that fifty percent of all throat cancers occur first in the larynx. The cancerous cells grow out of control and infiltrate nearby tissue. Lymph nodes can be involved and the cancer can metastasize to distant sites.

About 24,000 individuals are diagnosed each year with throat cancer in the US. There are several risk factors to pay attention to:

  • Use of tobacco. This applies both to smoking and chewing tobacco. Those at risk should stop the use of tobacco immediately and certainly if there is a diagnosis of throat cancer.
  • Consumption of alcohol. Too much alcohol use leads to throat cancer. Alcohol is considered poisonous to the body so that alcohol should be used in moderation.
  • Having poor dental hygiene. This means brushing and flossing on a regular basis and seeing the dentist regularly.
  • Diet—it should contain plenty of fruits and vegetables to minimize the risk of throat cancer.
  • Asbestos exposure is linked with ingestion of fibres from asbestos that can cause throat and lung cancer.
  • Being infected with human papillomavirus can contribute to throat cancer risk for reasons that aren’t completely clear.

Symptoms of throat cancer include the following:

  • A dry cough
  • Hoarseness in your voice when talking
  • Problems swallowing
  • Pain in the ear
  • A sore that doesn’t seem to want to heal
  • Pain in the throat/sore throat
  • Unexplained weight loss

Treatment of throat cancer depends on where in the throat the cancer is and on the cancer stage. The doctor will take a look at the above factors as well as the grade of the cancer before deciding on a treatment course. The following treatment modalities will be considered:

  • Radiation therapy employs high energy x-rays directed at the tumour site. The radiation kills rapidly growing cancer cells, either by using external beam radiation or brachytherapy, which uses small radioactive beads placed at the site of the cancer in order to locally apply radiation. Because throat cancer is very sensitive to radiation, it is often the treatment of choice as a solo treatment for early stage throat cancers.
  • Surgery is tricky because you need your throat and it can’t easily be removed completely. Early stage cancer can be removed using an endoscope. Laser therapy is used along with endoscopy to remove the smaller tumours.
  • In severe cases, a laryngectomy is done to remove all or part of the voice box. The windpipe is attached to a stoma in the front of the throat, giving you a tracheotomy. You breathe through the hole and device placed in the front of the throat. You may speak with a device you carry around that, with practice, allows you to have some semblance of a voice.
  • A pharyngectomy involves the partial or complete removal of the pharynx. In some cases, it can be reconstructed so you can swallow in a normal way. If he entire pharynx is removed, your larynx is removed as well.
  • You will likely get a neck dissection if the cancer is deep. This involves removing the lymph nodes in the neck. Sometimes only the cancerous glands are removed and the normal ones are left behind.
  • Chemotherapy can be used to kill some of the cancer cells, especially if they have spread to lymph nodes or other body areas. Chemotherapy and radiation together seem to work the best to kill difficult to treat cancer cells.
  • Targeted drug therapy includes using Erbitux and similar agents that address protein production in cancer cells.

After treatment, you will need rehabilitation. This involves speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy to correct some of the problems that need practice in order to work out after surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

Some things that need treatment include:

  • Eating problems
  • Stoma care if you have a tracheotomy
  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Swallowing problems
  • Speech problems
    • The prognosis of throat cancer is good. If detected early, 90 percent of the patients are cured. If the cancer has spread to areas around the neck, the prognosis falls to 50-60 percent. Metastatic throat cancer is considered incurable. About five percent of all throat cancer patients lose their ability to swallow on their own and need to have a feeding tube to eat.

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