- Symptoms that Indicate that a Person has Throat Cancer
- What Methods do Experts Use in Order to Diagnose Throat Cancer?
Symptoms that Indicate that a Person has Throat Cancer
First of all it’s of great importance to mention the fact that in every particular case symptoms and signs of throat cancer differ. When it comes to usual symptoms that occur if a person has throat cancer they turn to be nonspecific. Actually, it’s not necessary for a person with this disease to have all symptoms characteristic to it.
However, usually a patient has one or several symptoms mentioned below:
- There is a certain change in the voice of a person. Most often, it becomes hoarse.
- Cough occurs. It has a tendency to reappear from time to time.
- Sore throat (as well persistent).
- Certain feeling of discomfort. There is like a constant need to clear your throat.
- Trouble swallowing or having difficulty with swallowing particular foods.
- There may be a mass or swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
- Loss of weight that occurs for no reason.
- Having difficulty when breathing in and out.
- Pain in the ears.
- Phlegm production going on a constant basis.
We already mentioned it before that the symptoms and signs are not necessarily to be caused by throat cancer. The key point here is that they may be elements of many other health problems and illnesses. Still, in case a person notices any of the symptoms and is prone to having throat cancer, he or she is to urgently consult a physician.
What Methods do Experts Use in Order to Diagnose Throat Cancer?
A health record of a person in combination with particular examination procedures serve as sources of enough up-to-date information on the basis of which a physician may suppose a patient has throat cancer. Note that a medical record is to give a full and detailed information on risk factors a person has. Then, a recommendation to undergo additional tests may follow. The aim is to prove or eliminate the case of throat cancer.
Even though CT, MRI, PET scan together with various other tests like chest X-ray and barium swallows give information of a paramount importance about the extent and the area where cancer is located, biopsy of the tumor is required. The crux of the matter is that it allows to diagnose the disease with 100% certainty. There are several ways of carrying the procedure out – surgical incision in the neck, fine-needle aspiration biopsy or endoscopic biopsy.