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.
The symptoms of throat cancer depend mainly on the size and location of the tumour. Common signs and symptoms of throat cancer include:
Some other possible signs of throat cancer include:
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 can be started.
Also read: Diagnosis of throat cancer
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.
Also read: How can throat cancer be prevented
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:
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.
In the meantime, to avoid the signs of throat cancer, you could avoid things that worsen them, like tobacco and alcohol. 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.
Read more articles on Cancer.
For more related articles, download OnlymyHealth app.