• What were your symptoms for Head & Neck Cancer/thyroid/throat/etc?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

    What were your symptoms for Head & Neck Cancer/thyroid/throat/etc?

    I was diagnosed with a malignant tonsil, squamous cell carcinoma. I had no idea I had a problem. Just woke up one morning and had a sore spot behind my ear, if that spot hadn't turned up I would have went a long time without finding it. What made you think you might have a problem?


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    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      Thank God you found it. My sister-in-law had about the same symptoms.... I'm glad the doctors know what to look for.

      over 8 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      Thanks Carol, yes this time I was lucky to find it myself before it got worse. The first time I was diagnosed I didn't even know I had a problem either, but the doctor found a golfball sized lump in my right neck, I didn't even know it was there. If I hadn't gone to the dr for an allergy problem I wouldn't have been found.

      over 8 years ago
    • crabtrjt's Avatar

      I just had very bad sore throat for about 2 months, yes I am hard headed and my General Practioner Dr sent me to a Ear,Nose and Throat Dr who put a scope down and found my carcinoma on the back of my tongue, 2 spots and I was in Stage 4 tongue Cancer

      over 8 years ago
    • dvdbriansr's Avatar

      My problem is that I've been taking a narcotic pain reliever for many, many years for degenerative disc disease and failed spine surgeries that covered up the fact that I had severe headaches, sore throat, and ear pain, my only symptoms were similar to a chronic sinus infection or allergies that would not go away. my primary car doc even treated me for just that sort of problems for 8 months after symptoms actually got so bad that they broke through the pain meds. Once I was sent to an ENT and had my throat scoped he sent me to Ellis Fischel cancer center w/o ever informing me that there was a serious problem going on. Imagine my surprise even though I had expected this to be cancer a few months before being told. not that it's been any less traumatizing. As of yet, I still have no idea of just how long cancer has been an issue. All I know is that there is a tumor between my tonsil area and my sinus cavity. Who knows what would have happened had my pain management doc left me on the higher dosage.

      over 8 years ago

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