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Tonsil Cancer

Tonsil Cancer

About Tonsil Cancer:

Tonsil cancer is one of the head and neck cancers which develops in the Oropharynx, which is located at the back of your throat.


Risk Factors:

Some individuals are more likely to get tonsil cancer because of their lifestyle.

  • bulletAlcohol and tobacco: Smoking and regular drinking can increase the risk of tonsil cancer, especially when you drink and smoke together
  • bullet Infections: If you are infected with the virus HPV (Human Papilloma virus) or HIV, you are at an increased risk of getting the cancer
  • bulletAge: More common in people above the age of 50
  • bulletYou are also likely to get tonsil cancer if you have had an organ transplant
  • bulletChewing Betel quid (paan) is also considered to increase the cancer risk

Symptoms:

  • bulletSores in the backside of the mouth that does not heal easily
  • bulletSwollen tonsil with different sizes
  • bulletDifficulty in swallowing
  • bulletSwollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • bulletBad breath and hoarseness
  • bulletEar and throat pain

Diagnosis:

The first step is to get a proper health history followed by-

  • bullet Needle aspiration biopsy: A small amount of tissue is taken out of the tonsils and examined under the microscope
  • bulletBlood tests
  • bulletX-ray: To determine if the tumor is spread to the lungs or not.
  • bulletImaging tests: MRI and CT Scans, to find out if the tumor has spread to the other parts of the body

Prevention:

You can lower the risk of tonsil cancer by-

  • bulletAvoiding betel quid (paan)
  • bulletQuitting use of tobacco products including smokeless tobacco
  • bulletReducing your alcohol intake
  • bulletAvoiding unprotected sex/ oral sex
  • bulletIncreasing fruits and vegetables in your diet

Treatment:

At Cancer Healer Center, a team of experienced doctors carefully decide the treatment based on the patients reports. The treatment used at the Center works on the principle of Immunotherapy, a therapy that enhances the immune system to fight cancer. It brings prompt succour and relief in all patients and can also be effectively used in conjunction with other traditional therapies like Chemotherapy and Radiation therapy. When the medicines act on cancer, patients get a better quality of life even in the advanced stages and their chances of survival also improve.

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