Tonsil Cancer?

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Tonsil Cancer?

by atoosagurl on Thu Mar 14, 2019 06:35 AM

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So I am a 35 year old female. I have smoked on and off for about 10 years. The other day I noticed that one tonsil is larger than the other. I also noticed a small white bump on the enlarged tonil. I inspected with a q-tip and now the white bump is gone. I am going to be making an appointment with my GP this week. I don’t have a sore throat and otherwise no symptoms. I do suffer from anxiety and feel throat tightness often but now I’m not sure if that’s anxiety related or tonsil related. am freaking out. Thank you.

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by Sdurnell on Thu Mar 14, 2019 07:39 AM

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Atoosa,

No need to panic.  You are doing exactly the right thing in going to the doctor as soon as you can.  An enlarged tonsil can be a sign of cancer, but it can also be something else and usually is.  Your doctor can inspect it and refer you to an ENT if s/he feels you need further evaluation.  Throat/tonsil cancer can present in different ways, with or without pain or other symptoms.

Best of luck to you, and feel free to come back to report on your appointment.

Susan

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by Dlynn1210 on Thu Mar 14, 2019 01:16 PM

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On Mar 14, 2019 6:35 AM atoosagurl wrote:

So I am a 35 year old female. I have smoked on and off for about 10 years. The other day I noticed that one tonsil is larger than the other. I also noticed a small white bump on the enlarged tonil. I inspected with a q-tip and now the white bump is gone. I am going to be making an appointment with my GP this week. I don’t have a sore throat and otherwise no symptoms. I do suffer from anxiety and feel throat tightness often but now I’m not sure if that’s anxiety related or tonsil related. am freaking out. Thank you.
I am a tonsil cancer survivor and recommend you make an appointment with an ENT, who is an ear, nose, and ‘throat’ specialist, rather than your GP. Eleven years ago I began to experience extreme fatigue and just a feeling that something was not right. I went to my GP and then three others before a fifth at urgent care (all GPs) said “Has anyone told you that you have one extremely large tonsil?” That was all he said so I didn’t think a lot about it. Then I began to have very mild chest pains and made an appointment with a cardiologist. I mentioned the one enlarged tonsil to her almost as an after thought. She said “We need to make you an appt with an ENT and they may want to biopsy that”. She called before I left her office and made my appointment for Fri (it was Wed). My oncologist later remarked a few times how shocked he was that a cardiologist knew what she was looking at. I saw the ENT on Fri and she said “When one tonsil is much larger than the other it is generally cancer” (once pointed out I saw that mine took up half my throat). I was operated on the following Mon and diagnosed with cancer before leaving the operating room. What I would like to point out is tonsil cancer rarely has any symptoms other than one greatly enlarged tonsil and fatigue. Anxiety, throat tightness, and a white bump are not common symptoms but the expert who can tell you if there is any concern is an ENT. One suggestion is to stop smoking as many health issues are traced back to it - including tonsil cancer. I have never smoked or drank and am a female (which tonsil cancer is more prevalent in men, smokers, and/or drinkers). The one thing to keep in mind is that tonsil cancer is highly curable. Diana

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by atoosagurl on Thu Mar 14, 2019 09:31 PM

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So I saw my doctor today and she confirmed that my tonsils look completely normal. One is slightly larger but she said that is common. I’m still anxious as heck but I am Putting together a plan to stop smoking so I can try and relax about this in the future. Thank you for your replies.

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by Dlynn1210 on Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:44 PM

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Now you can rest assured it is not tonsil cancer. I always like to point out one tonsil is much bigger than the other rather than just slightly swollen. My left tonsil took up half my throat whereas my right tonsil was so tiny it appeared I didn’t have one. I’m glad to hear you are working on a plan to quit smoking. I lost my husband to lung cancer when he was only 58 years old so I often encourage others to stop smoking. He used to respond to my frequent requests to stop smoking by saying “Everyone has to die one day some how”. Shortly before he passed away he said “I didn’t know it would be so painful.” And he was a tough Marine - once a Marine always a Marine! Diana

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by atoosagurl on Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:00 PM

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I am so sorry to hear about your husband. I absolutely do not want to go any earlier than I need to and I feel even more motivated now to quit. Thank you for kind words. Take care.

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by Sdurnell on Sat Mar 16, 2019 04:48 AM

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Congratulations on the good report!

And kudos to you for getting off tobacco for good.  Be sure to use anything you can find that may help you, and keep your doctor updated in how well you are doing.  A doctor can be a real help with this.

Susan

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