When it comes to diagnosing and treating cancer, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Treatment options range in type and intensity depending on a number of factors. That being the case, it’s important to speak with an ear nose and throat doctor to discuss the specifics of your diagnosis and the treatment options that have the highest rates of success. Before your visit, however, you should be prepared with some basic knowledge of throat cancer. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about throat cancer.

What are some of the causes of throat cancer?
According to the Throat Cancer Foundation, the two main causes of throat cancer by far are tobacco and alcohol. Another major cause, however, is HPV, or Human Papillomavirus, which is thought to contribute to a growing number of throat cancer diagnoses. However, only a professional ENT doctor can determine the most likely cause of your throat cancer.

What are some of the main symptoms of throat cancer?
Many may be surprised to hear that symptoms of throat cancer can extend far beyond the throat. In addition to some expected symptoms, such as a sore throat, hoarse voice, and difficulty swallowing, other signs of throat cancer include consistent mouth ulcers, red/white spots in the throat, jaw stiffness, loose teeth, halitosis, and unusual weight loss. Those with throat cancer may also experience mysterious bleeding inside the mouth. If you experience any of these symptoms for a prolonged period of time, it’s important to make an appointment with an ENT doctor as soon as possible.

What are some possible throat cancer treatment options?
As with many other types of cancer, throat cancer treatment options range in type and intensity. The Throat Cancer Foundation explains, “This varies from patient to patient and depends on the kind of cancer, its location and stage. It also depends on the resources available at the hospital. Surgery, Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy can all play a part in treatment. Some patients will require all three modes of treatment.”

Understanding this basic information about throat cancer can help you identify potential cases and choose the most appropriate treatment option. For more information about facial surgery, contact ENT North Texas.