Posted in: Throat Cancer by Dr. Tarang Krishna
Throat Cancer refers to the cancerous tumours which develop in the throat, voice box or tonsils. Your throat is a muscular tube which starts behind the nose and ends in the neck. It most often begins in the flat cells that line inside of the throat.
Your voice box sits just below the throat and is susceptible to throat cancer. The voice box is made of cartilage and contains the vocal cord which vibrates to make sound when you talk.
Throat cancer can affect the pieces of cartilage which act as a lid for your windpipe.
Facts about Throat Cancer
- Throat cancer is referred to as the uncontrolled cell proliferation in the throat. The most common kind of cancer is the pharynx and larynx.
- Signs such as changes in the voice, coughing up blood and difficulty in swallowing.
- There are several ways to manage the side effects of cancer treatment at home.
Men are more likely to develop throat cancer than women. Certain lifestyle habits increase the risk of developing cancer of the throat, including:
- excessive alcohol consumption
- poor nutrition
- exposure to asbestos
- poor dental hygiene
- genetic syndromes
Throat cancer is also associated with certain types of human papillomavirus infections (HPV). HPV is a sexually transmitted virus. HPV infection is a risk factor for certain oropharyngeal cancers, according to a study.
Preventing throat cancer
There is no proper way to prevent cancer, but here are a few steps to reduce the risk.
- Stop smoking
- Reduce the alcohol intake
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle
- Reduce your risk of HPV
It can be a little difficult to detect throat cancer in its early stages. Some of the common signs and symptoms are
- A change in the voice
- Trouble in swallowing
- Sore Throat
- Constant need to clear the throat
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Weight Loss
- Ear Pain
- Persistent Cough ( You may end up coughing blood)
Consult a doctor immediately if you have any signs and they do not seem to improve after two or three weeks.
Throat Cancer Treatment
Treatment of throat cancer depends on where the cancer is situated, the stage of cancer and the general health of the person receiving cancer. At Cancer Healer Center, cancer is treated by using Cancer Healer Therapy. It is a therapy which fights against cancer without any side effects such as hair loss, damage to the normal cells and bone loss. It trains the immune system to recognize and target the cancer cells and attack cancer systematically. There are several different lines of throat cancer treatment available, which are decided by the team of doctors after evaluating the reports based on the type and spread of cancer.