Hi Rayy, There are different kinds of throat cancer. I was diagnosed with cancer on my right false vocal cord in April of 2002. If caught in it's initial stages the survival rate is very high. I smoked two packs of cigs a day and drank a 6 pack of beer a day for 30 years. I was lucky, after about a year of my voice being hoarse, I woke up and found that I couldn't speak at all, not even a whisper, nil, zero, zilch, nothing, not a sound. I never experienced any pain, I just grew hoarser and hoarser til I couldn't speak. The reason I say I was lucky is because if hadn't gone mute I would have continued smoking, not gone to a doctor, and died of suffocation in a year. Cancers are rated in "T"s, standing for TUMOR. I had T-2 cancer, in my case a tumor was on my vocal cord (T-1)
and was starting to spread to my larynx (T-2). Each time a cancer spreads to another organ it's another "T". If it would have continued it could have spread to my esophagus (then it would be called (T-3), and if it got to my lungs (T-4). I bring this up because once you have T-4 cancer is when things start getting bad and you usually need chemo as well as. radiation. Alcohol is a catalyst for cancer, especially in the throat it can also dislodge the cancer and spread it to other organs. I was lucky because even though I drank alcohol and smoked that it stayed in my upper throat and didn't spread to my lungs. If you knew how painful radiation to your throat was (like sucking on the hot end of a highway flare for 6 months) you'd never have another puff or chew for the rest of your life. I'm 52 years old, I sound like a wise guy on the Soprano's. My voice is starting to come back a little at a time. I quit smoking as soon as I heard the diagnosis. In a nutshell...for my type of cancer the symptom was a persistant hoarseness for two weeks or more and there's NO PAIN, no sore throat. That's why the call it the SILENT KILLER. Good luck, hope that helps. Chuck in Indiana
Originally posted by rayy: |
what are the early symtons for throat cancer?