• what are the chance I have some kind of throat cancer

    Asked by jhorse19 on Tuesday, December 4, 2018

    what are the chance I have some kind of throat cancer

    45 Years old male. History of alcohol abuse, LPR, some tobacco use years ago. Have had a mild dry sore throat for months. Pain in my neck but no lump and ear pain off an on. Throat feels better when I eat and drink. High anxiety. PCP says pharyngitis, dental screening for oral cancer was negative.

    I am 95% sure I have some kind of throat cancer. I am terrified. Have ENT appointment on Dec 20th. Trying to prepare for the inevitable.

    I know you cannot diagnose here, but do people tend to have symptoms they believe to be cancer or is it usually a surprise.

    9 Answers from the Community

    9 answers
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      One good sign for you is no swollen lymph nodes in neck. I have had three diagnoses and each had the swollen nodes in the neck. You're right, we can't diagnose, but I am here to tell you that even if your tests are positive, it's not the end of the world. I've done it 3 times over the course of 30 years and as of tonight, I'm still here. Wishing you the best for negative tests again!

      6 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar

      I'm a breast cancer survivor and a very anxious person. I'm writing just to wish you everything good when you see the ENT doctor and that "the inevitable" isn't so evitable.

      6 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I have lung cancer so don't know the symptoms of neck and throat cancer. My lung cancer presented as a knot in my lymph nodes near my collarbone.

      I hope, like Carool, that the inevitable isn't. Hopefully, you will get a reprieve. You might think about using it as a wake-up call if that's the case!

      And, like GregP_WN said, if it does turn out to be cancer, it isn't an automatic death sentence.

      Please let us know what you learn.

      6 months ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      You mention anxiety. During your doctor visit, please mention your anxiety, as that can cause over 100 actual symptoms by itself.

      6 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      jhorse---you probably are taking a med that is drying out your throat. Caffeine can do that. An endoscopy can leave lingering dry throat. Your diet can do that too.. and the biggy-age. --Acid reflux- you might be having some during the night and that causes a throat to feel sore and dry. Sleeping with an open mouth as you age does that too.

      Go to an ENT and get checked out--sinus drainage can do that to the throat. You probably have TMJ-that's where the jaw joint by the ear doesn't work good. it causes ear aches, neck problems because it involves most of the muscles in and out of the throat. Like Greg says, normal lymph glands are priceless. Please go see an ENT. 45-50 are the ages these things catch up with us. You could be grinding or clinching your teeth at night.

      Good luck, and please see an ENT about this.

      6 months ago
    • valeriet's Avatar

      Definitely get it checked out by a qualified ENT for peace of mind. I'm a 19yr survivor of stage III tonsil cancer, and my very unmedical opinion is that this is not cancer. I had zero pain, then an olive-sized lump appeared on my neck, and I came down with all kinds of earaches, colds and flu, which I had never had before. Two surgeries, then radiation, eliminated the cancer, but left diminished saliva, dry mouth, stiff neck, and changed taste buds. However, meds do help with these issues, and I'm enjoying my life again. 18yrs ago, I founded and still facilitate an oral cancer support group. Good luck.

      6 months ago
    • jhorse19's Avatar

      Thank you all for the support. I admire the courage that all cancer survivors display. I am not sure if I could do it. I really appreciate your thoughts!! I will update this after my appointment.

      6 months ago
    • meyati's Avatar

      Thank you, we are a nosy crew, and want to find out how things are going. We wish you well. Sometimes it's pretty hard emotionally to update or we just don't feel up to it. I found it therapeutic to do this.

      Many times we are left wondering what happens to people, so we greatly appreciate it.

      6 months ago
    • Carool's Avatar

      @jhorse19, so, how're you doing?

      5 months ago

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