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Symptoms of Throat Cancer

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
May 06, 2013
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  • Throat cancer symptoms include hoarseness or other change in voice.
  • Lump or lesion on the lip, in the mouth or in the throat is also a sign.
  • It can cause difficulty in swallowing or pain or difficulty in chewing.
  • Another symptom of sore throat is coughing or persistent sore throat.

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Throat cancer is also known as vocal cord cancer, laryngeal cancer, cancer of the glottis or cancer of the pharynx. It happens when abnormal cells in a person’s voice box, vocal cords, or other parts of the throat multiply and divide uncontrollably.

Early diagnosis and start of treatment improve the prospect of recovery however, it can be difficult to detect throat cancer in its early stages. Most signs and symptoms of throat cancer are similar to common cold and allergy. The common throat cancer symptoms include a lump or sore that does not heal, and a sore throat or cough that does not go away. Read to know more on symptoms of throat cancer.

Throat Cancer Symptoms

What are the Symptoms of Throat Cancer

The symptoms of throat cancer depend mainly on the size and location of the tumour. Common signs and symptoms of throat cancer include:

  • hoarseness of voice or other change in voice,
  • lump or lesion on the lip, in the mouth or in the throat, which does not heal for weeks,
  • difficulty in swallowing or pain or difficulty in chewing,
  • feeling of lump in the throat,
  • coughing or persistent sore throat (sore throat may persist even after treatment with antibiotics),
  • white patch or red patch on the gums, tongue or the lining in the mouth,
  • unexplained pain, bleeding or numbness inside the mouth,
  • difficulty in swallowing,
  • swollen lymph glands or swelling in the neck,
  • neck pain or frequent ear pain,
  • pain or swelling of the jaw,
  • bad breath,
  • unintentionally significant weight loss,
  • blood in cough ,
  • abnormal (high-pitched) breathing sounds and wheezing.

 

Possible Throat Cancer Symptoms

Some other possible signs of throat cancer include:

  • numbness or paralysis of facial muscles
  • persistent facial pain
  • persistent neck pain (pain does not go away).


If you develop the above symptoms, it does not necessarily mean that you have throat cancer. It is, however, important to see your doctor or any other qualified medical professional if you or any of your family members experience any of the above throat cancer symptoms for more than two weeks. Your healthcare provider can do tests so that a proper diagnosis is made and appropriate treatment started.

Symptoms of Throat Cancer

Preparing for Your Doctor’s Appointment

An appointment with your doctor can be brief and you would want to discuss a lot of things, it is helpful to plan in the questions in advance. Be ready with the following information before hand.

Pre-appointment Restrictions- Your doctor may want to do some diagnostic tests on you and it is a good idea to ask before taking the appointment if you need to do something in advance, such as restricting your diet.

Noting Symptoms- You should write down every symptom you might be experiencing, even the ones that seem unrelated to the reason of your visit to the doctor.

Personal Information- Make a note of your personal information such as any major stressful event or any recent life changes. Also, tell the doctor if you have a family history of cancers.

Medications- List all the medicines, vitamins, and supplements that you might be taking at the given time. It helps the doctor in knowing if one of it might be causing any symptoms that you are experiencing or if it could interfere with the course of treatment.

Taking Help-
You would want to take a family member or a friend along to for the doctor’s visit. They might help you remember all the relevant information given by your doctor during the appointment. The person accompanying you can note down things while you are conversing with the doctor so that nothing gets missed.

Questions- Make a note on your phone or somewhere about the throat cancer symptoms you are experiencing so that you don’t forget to mention any to your doctor. Knowing all the problems from you helps the doctor make correct diagnosis about your condition.

When the time with your doctor is running out, it could make you leave out on important questions to ask your doctor. Consider the following crucial to be asked:

  • What is likely causing my symptoms or condition?
  • Are there other possible causes for my symptoms or condition?
  • What kinds of tests do I need to detect the symptoms of throat cancer?
  • What is the best course of action?
  • What are the alternatives to the approach that you're suggesting?
  • I have these other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
  • Are there any restrictions that I need to follow?
  • Should I see a specialist? What will that cost, and will my insurance cover it?
  • Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing me?


Your doctor will also ask you a number of questions, like what are the symptoms of throat cancer that you are experiencing. You should be ready to answer them and be sure of what you are saying.

In the meantime, to avoid the signs of throat cancer, you could avoid things that worsen them, like tobacco. If you have throat pain, you must not consume foods and drinks that aggravate the irritation. If you are finding it difficult to eat because of throat pain, you could satiate yourself with nutritional supplements.

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Comments
  • Rohini23 Apr 2013
    I have felt a lump in my throat for the past 2-3 months and I am really concerned. I have no trouble swallowing, no hoarseness in my voice, and no difficulty breathing. There is occasional pain, but otherwise I feel normal. What is going on with my throat. Is it a sign and symptom of throat cancer?
  • reshma11 Dec 2012
    I am in a relationship and mere partner k gale mein gaanth hai. doctorm ne kaha ki yeh cancer ho sakta hai. kya yeh sacch hai? Will he die? plz reply me
  • y.kiran kumar19 Nov 2012
    I am suffering from tongue pain and throat pain. Is this a symptom of throat cancer?
  • BINDIYA RANI30 Oct 2012
    my mother says that from 6 months she is feeling some heavyness or a kind of mass in her throat , visiting the doctor , he suggested my mother to take antibiotics such as ciproflaxasin,citrizine --taking these tablets till 1 week relifs her some but after that again same condition starts , she is also having a uteres fibroid of 38mm,is this can be a case of cancer if so what can be our first step then?
  • James27 Oct 2012
    Is nose bleed one symptom?
  • sinesh25 Sep 2012
    deyers
  • Jayesh23 Sep 2012
    What is the ultimate treatment of throat cancer. Can it be cure through medicine.
  • KP23 Sep 2012
    I have a kind of stiffness in my neck from 5-6 days. Its like something keeps on pulling two points apart. please advise what to do???
  • anukul19 Sep 2012
    my throat hurts real bad. does that mean i have throat cancer?
  • chandrakant kholiya08 Sep 2012
    i have a pain in my throat past 1 year, and also some changes in my natural voice, there is also some cough have been takes palace,,, i have gone near of ent specilist, they have dignosist many time,, c/s test, x-ray, indoscopy,,, but they suggest me only its pharayanzytes, larenzytes,,, please send me suggesition, is it cancer or other diesese , what should i do for it,,, send me o feedback in my e-mail id
  • sammy30 Jul 2012
    from 2 days m suffering.i feel lyk something's inside my neck.its difficult while swallowing.i hav a sensational feeling in my gums and teeth.i dont know what's this.is it a viral infection or symptoms of throat cancer?
  • sharvanialekhya28 Jul 2012
    sharvanialekhya ma mom was suffering from throat problem. but she has a feeling that something was in her throat small pain but no obstruction of food nothing any problem in eating some was in her throat sh feel like that night time body pains she feel like vomit some thing in her throat give me any suggestion or refer to any kind of medicen. wait for ur reply thanking u
  • sharvanialekhya28 Jul 2012
    sharvanialekhya ma mom was suffering from throat problem. but she has a feeling that something was in her throat small pain but no obstruction of food nothing any problem in eating some was in her throat sh feel like that night time body pains she feel like vomit some thing in her throat give me any suggestion or refer to any kind of medicen. wait for ur reply thanking u
  • bp20 Jul 2012
    lips get dry,while speaking after taking some anti oxident lips get choked while speaking & a little bit salivation also takes place while taking jaws become binded while taking or facing some one
  • SANKAG19 Jul 2012
    I FEEL PAIN IN MUSCULES OF NECK. and look it is streching on turning the neck FROM LAST SIX MONTH . I AM CHEWING TOBACO FOR MANY YEARS. WETHER IT IS SIGN OF CANCER. . THERE IS NO OTHER PROBLEM IN EAITING, OR IN MOUTH
  • suhasini17 Jul 2012
    My dad is dign as cancer,he has 3 lumps at right side of throat bt no pain as such so nw he ll b undergoin surgery tomo...so is raditiontheropy painful for him
  • suhasini17 Jul 2012
    My dad is dign as cancer,he has 3 lumps at right side of throat bt no pain as such so nw he ll b undergoin surgery tomo...so is raditiontheropy painful for him
  • Sam11 Jul 2012
    I am having regular cough in my throat. And I also feel pressure in my ears and jaw part. It feels very uncomfortable sometimes.Sometimes the pressure goes so high that it becomes very uncomfortable for me. I m sick of it . And its been 5 months the problem is persisting . I had been to an ENT specialist but nothing got right. What is the problem and plaese suggest me some medicines. For it
  • jer17 Jun 2012
    i have a feeling of pressure in throat kinda gets worse ofter eating went to doctor he gave me pills for like 40 days but im in my 30 day of taking them ands still there thanks for any advice
  • Alvin15 Jun 2012
    i have a cough from the last 3 months, but in the past two weeks i have been spitting blood along with the cough. The cough is not that persistent. However, with the slightest cough it starts to bleed. Earlier I had bronchitis in 2005 due to excessive smoking. i have stopped smoking. Is this just a bronchial infection or do i consult a cancer specialist??? Please suggest.......
  • Tushar23 May 2012
    I chowing tobacco from last many years. From 2004 i have continually affected with viral infarction. But now the days i am having pain in my name and also consult ENT specialist. After using antibiotic the pain is remain same and i am really worry about the Nack Cancer. Due to tobacco it is possibly of nack cancer and what medicine is useful for me. Please info me a.e.a.p
  • salu16 May 2012
    I have a pain on my neck, not only pain but also i can,t swallow even saliva at that time.This pain is come only after many days.at that instant i cant move my neck any where, Is it symptom of throat cancer? What can I do for it? Please send a feedback to my e-mail.
  • salu16 May 2012
    I have a pain on my neck, not only pain but also i can,t swallow even saliva at that time.This pain is come only after many days.at that instant i cant move my neck any where, Is it symptom of throat cancer? What can I do for it? Please send a feedback to my e-mail.
  • Dawn06 May 2012
    back in 2009 i was dign. with HPV and was stage 2 for cervical cancer , well ever since all that i had a throat surgery (disc replacement so didnt think the pain was much but from that ) but my throat issues have kept up and in reading symtoms i have alot of them . My father has just recently been dign. with throat cancer and positive for HPV also. i have no insurance and not working at the time any ideas of where i could go to have tests done, im in wa. state. (vancouver, wa)/ thanx dawn