• Father diagnosed with throat cancer stage 1. Deciding which path to take.

    Asked by katnemma on Thursday, January 10, 2013

    Father diagnosed with throat cancer stage 1. Deciding which path to take.

    My father was diagnosed with stage 1 throat cancer. His Dr. told him it can either be treated with radiation or surgery to remove tumor. Does anyone have any thoughts to share on either option?


    3 Answers from the Community

    • Peroll's Avatar

      Kat, You should get appointments with both a Radiation Oncologist and a Surgeon to get thier opinions. You might also ask about other treatments like Radio Frequency Ablation or Cyber Kniife that may be options. I did that with my recent tumor in my adrenal gland. I chose surgery because it is easier to do radiation after surgery rather than the other way around because surgeons don't like to operate where there is scar tissue. In your fathers case there might be more complications or issues with surgery that radiation and you can only learn that be talking to the experts. Be sure to ask lpots of questions about side effects, complications and risks with each option. Good Luck and let us know if you have more questions.

      almost 4 years ago
    • pahiii's Avatar

      Mine was Stage III. It was treated first with chemo and radiation, then surgery to remove the remaining tissue. According to my medical team at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago, this has the highest success rate. I'm now two years cancer free so it worked for me.

      almost 4 years ago
    • BLBragg's Avatar

      My husband was stage IVa and his treatment was radiation & chemotherapy. No surgery. He is one and a half years cancer free. During treatment the lump in his lymph node did not shrink and we were fearful that he would need surgery, but two months post treatment it finally went away, thankfully. Our ENT felt that you should never cut into the neck unless you absolutely have to. It s always a good idea to get other opinions before proceeding.

      almost 4 years ago

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