Can throat cancer be cured?
Throat cancer may not be curable once malignant cells spread to parts of the body beyond the neck and head.
However, those diagnosed can continue treatment to prolong their life and slow the progression of the disease.
How can you detect throat cancer at home?
In order to diagnose throat cancer, your doctor may recommend:
- Using a scope to get a closer look at your throat. Your doctor may use a special lighted scope (endoscope) to get a close look at your throat during a procedure called endoscopy.
- Removing a tissue sample for testing.
- Imaging tests.
What are the chances of surviving throat cancer?
Cancer of the larynx is often grouped into early (Stage I), intermediate (Stage II) or advanced (Stages III & IV) disease groups. Early cancers are remarkably curable with five-year survival or “cure rates” of 80-95% compared to advanced stages that have five-year survival rates of 25-50%.
What does throat cancer feel like in the beginning?
In addition to a lump, swelling or thickness in the neck, some other warning signs and symptoms of throat cancer include: A feeling that food has become lodged in the throat. Hoarseness and other vocal changes. Persistent sore throat.