Re: Larynx/Throat Cancers Symptoms
Hope you can persuade your friend to see an ENT doctor.
I had an aggressive squamous cell cancer of the right vocal cord seven (going on eight) years ago. The doctors blamed it on my smoking. I had quit smoking about 10 years before this happened, but I guess the residual effect got me..
A little history: I led singing at church and also sang with a local group. My problem started when I noticed that my vocal cords felt like they "locked up" - became immobile - when I tried to hit higher notes. This progressed steadily to a point that my voice became very mushy in sound (best way I can describe it) - and eventually I lost my voice entirely.
I saw my ENT, and it took him only a short time to tell me that my vocal cords "looked scruffy". He scheduled a biopsy and that showed malignancy..
I underwent 33 radiation treatments. That left me with a "one note" voice - very low bass. But with time, my voice has returned to near normal. I still enjoy singing. There have been no recurrences of the cancer. I have an exam with a scope at least once a year, though.
I would hope that you can use your powers of persuasion to get him to see an ENT doctor. It may be nothing serious. Or if it is cancer, the sooner he gets treatment, the better his chances for full recovery.