Throat Cancer- Causes Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Throat Cancer- Causes Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Throat Cancer- Causes Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment
  • Healboat
  • July 26th, 2018
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Throat cancer is a severe condition that has affected millions of people all over the world. It is important to pay due attention to the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of this condition. Through this blog, we intend to impart the comprehensive knowledge about this condition and empower people in either preventing it or treating it.


When compared to earlier days cancer is becoming a very common condition these days. Almost every person is familiar with one or more persons who are suffering from some kind of cancer.   The increased rate of this condition can be attributed to the unhealthy and inactive lifestyle of people. One such cancer that is putting the adverse impact on people is throat cancer. Despite multiple warnings given through various mediums people consume the harmful substances and put themselves at a risk of developing throat cancer. With this blog, we will discuss everything about this condition.

What is Throat Cancer?

Just like every other cancer throat cancer is the condition of uncontrollable growth of abnormal cells in the throat.  These cancerous cells can grow in any part of the throat includes the voice box, the vocal cords, and other parts of the throat, such as the tonsils and oropharynx. When compared to many other types of cancers this is a rare type of cancer. However, it is a quickly spreading disease thus it is important to get early-stage treatment for the best success rate of treatment. Early stage treatment is only possible when you pay due attention to the symptoms and signs of this condition.

What are the symptoms of Throat Cancer?

There are multiple kinds of throat cancer that can affect people. The indication of the multiple types of these cancers depends upon the stage and location of cancer. However, there are certain common early stage symptoms that will be experienced by the patient suffering from any kind of throat cancer.

  • Facing difficulty swallowing
  • Experiencing voice changes, especially hoarseness or not speaking clearly
  • Soreness in throat
  • Unreasonable weight loss
  • Swelling of the eyes, jaw, throat, or neck
  • Mouth or nose bleeding
  • a long-lasting cough
  • Blood in coughing
  • a lump or sore that does not heal
  • Wheezing or breathing problems
  • Experiencing pain when swallowing

Having all these symptoms does not necessarily means that you are suffering from this condition. However, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms make sure to go and see a doctor as soon as possible. Now it’s time to take a look at causes that increase your risk of developing this condition.

What are the causes of Throat Cancer?

It is seen that men are at a greater risk of developing this condition than women.  This is because of the more consumption of harmful substances. There are certain reasons that can increase the personal risk of developing throat cancer. Some of them are mentioned below-

  • Consuming way too much alcohol
  • Use of tobacco products including smoking and chewing tobacco
  • The absence of a nutritious diet
  • Very poor dental hygiene
  • Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a common virus sometimes found in saliva
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV infection), a sexually transmitted virus
  • Inherited Syndromes

By now you already know the symptoms and causes of throat cancer.  Thus, now it’s time to understanding the steps to be taken if you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above. After any of the symptoms appear consistently get straight to the doctor who will perform the below-mentioned diagnosis procedures.

What are the procedures of Diagnosis?

Before going through the examinations procedure the doctor will ask the patient about his habits of drinking and smoking.  After that, he will conduct the following procedure to detect the presence of throat cancer-

  1. Endoscopy- Through this method, the doctor may use a special lighted scope (endoscope) to get a close look at your throat. The very small camera at the end of the endoscope is used to transmit images to a video screen that your doctor watches for signs of abnormalities in patient’s throat.
  2. Biopsy- In case the doctor found any inconsistency during the procedure above he may go ahead with the biopsy. He will collect the tissue sample from your throat and examine it under the microscope to become sure that cancer is present and to determine the type of cancer.
  3. Imaging test- Certain imaging tests like X-ray, CT, MRI, or positron emission tomography (PET) scans can be sued by the doctor to find the extent of cancer and the best way to treat it.

After the detection, staging and determining the type of throat cancer the doctor may choose any of the treatment methods.

What are the treatment methods for throat cancer?

The team of doctors will work with the patient and consider the factors such as the location and stage of your throat cancer, the type of cells involved, your overall health, and your personal preferences. After considering these methods the doctor may determine the best-suited method from the multiple methods mentioned below-

  1. Chemotherapy- When the size of a tumor is large this treatment method is used. It is a treatment method in which the drugs are given to the patient through his mouth, IV or through injection in order to kill the cancerous cells.  Along with damaging the abnormal cells in some cases, this procedure may also damage the healthy cells causing several serious conditions.
  2. Radiation Therapy- It is a treatment method in which high energy x-rays are used to destroy the cancerous cells.
  3. Targeted Therapy- Through this procedure, the drugs are used to stop the spread and growth of cancer cells.
  4. Surgery- If none of the above methods is able to provide relief to the patient the doctor may use the surgical method to remove a tumor.

Also Read about: Metastatic Cancer 

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