question to tonsil cancer survivors and patients!!

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question to tonsil cancer survivors and patients!!

by rolando on Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:51 AM

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Hy guys this is Roland am new to this forum but a great follower to many of ur posts.

I am feeling recently more than month ago a sore throat from time to time and some ear pain, plus i realized months ago that my left tonsil is more big than the right one, but not red and no lump on it or something scary.

The pic:

http://oi43.tinypic.com/296200j.jpg

I found on net and some posts here that this could be a sign of cancer

Am affraid guys and would like to ask u questions:

Did u as cancer survivors and patients have difference in tonsils or there was something on them that ur doc doubted about cancer. I went to my ent doc checked it and said no need to be affraid or for test, but am still affraid coz of symptoms.

can the cancer be inside tonsil or hidden somewhere and not seen outside??

i hope i can get answers.

RE: question to tonsil cancer survivors and patients!!

by Sdurnell on Tue Mar 04, 2014 06:30 AM

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Roland,

My primary cancer was never found, and I don't have tonsils, so I'm not an expert on tonsil cancer.  But I did find a respectable medical site with this list of tonsil cancer symptoms:

http://cedars-sinai.edu/Patients/Health-Conditions/Tonsil-Ca

I would suggest that you get a second opinion, as obviously you are not convinced by the first one, and you are correct that some of your symptoms do match up.

Best of luck to you.

Susan

RE: question to tonsil cancer survivors and patients!!

by rolando on Tue Mar 04, 2014 07:12 AM

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On Mar 04, 2014 6:30 AM Sdurnell wrote:

Roland,

My primary cancer was never found, and I don't have tonsils, so I'm not an expert on tonsil cancer.  But I did find a respectable medical site with this list of tonsil cancer symptoms:

http://cedars-sinai.edu/Patients/Health-Conditions/Tonsil-Ca ncer.aspx"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://cedars-sinai.edu/Patients/Health-Conditions/Tonsil-Ca target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://cedars-sinai.edu/Patients/Health-Conditions/Tonsil-Ca

I would suggest that you get a second opinion, as obviously you are not convinced by the first one, and you are correct that some of your symptoms do match up.

Best of luck to you.

Susan

Thanks Suzan

How did u get that u have cancer any symptoms or lump??

RE: question to tonsil cancer survivors and patients!!

by Sdurnell on Tue Mar 04, 2014 09:15 PM

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My cancer was stage III, and has metastasized to a lymph node in my neck, which was enlarged but not painful.  (It is most often diagnosed at III or IV.)  I mentioned it to my doctor, who ordered a CT and on the basis of that referred me to an ENT/neck surgeon in the city.  He did a needle-guided biopsy which came back positive, so next did a modified radical neck dissection, which means removing all the lymph nodes on one side of the neck, including the big one.  (Hospital, overnight stay, not a big deal.) Pathology found that only that one was cancerous, and the cancer was encapsulated in that node.  I had radiation to my entire jaw and neck for five weeks, no chemo.  And then there was the nightmare of recovery.

Susan

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by pcn17 on Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:31 AM

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Roland, I am 8 years out. I found a lump in my neck, size of a peanut. PCP had me to for Ultrasound of neck, there was a mass. Went to ENT, he said my left tonsil was larger than right, left tonsil had black stuff behind it, did guided needle biopsy, it was cancer. My tonsil was the primary, once the lymph node is found, it was stage IV. It had been there for a whild, felt it in early Feb. Surgery done late March, Erbitux chemo & Radiation done April. for 7 weeks of chemo & Rad. That all was the easy part, the next years out, uggg. you can read from here out. Dosent hurt to get it checked ASAP, maybe just can beat it to get tonsils out! Lots of Luck

Patricia

RE: question to tonsil cancer survivors and patients!!

by rolando on Wed Mar 05, 2014 06:43 PM

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Thanks for your replies!!!

RE: question to tonsil cancer survivors and patients!!

by pcn17 on Wed Mar 05, 2014 11:57 PM

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Roland, seriously over a month now? I would have had an anwer to my question within 3 days . Sounds like you have strep. Still need to see a doctor. Do you have insurance is why you haven't gone already. Still dude!

Luck to you!

Patricia

RE: question to tonsil cancer survivors and patients!!

by adamschesley on Thu Mar 06, 2014 02:49 AM

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Roland,

I had tonsil cancaer Stage III. I first noticed it when I noticed my swallowing felt a little different-looked in the rearview mirrow and saw one tonsil large and "bulbous" while the other was normal. Primary doc gave me anti-biotics for two weeks. When nothing changed he sent me to an ENT(Ear, Nose and Throat specialist), who said the tonsil needs to come out quickly. The rest is history. I never did have any pain in the tonsil or neck. My advice to you, as someone already mentioned , is get a second opinion from an ENT. Its probably nothing, but if it is, it really pays to catch it as early as possible!

Good Luck,

Ches

RE: question to tonsil cancer survivors and patients!!

by rolando on Thu Mar 06, 2014 04:37 PM

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Thanks Ches and Patricia i will see another ent soon!!

thank you...

RE: question to tonsil cancer survivors and patients!!

by billscampbell on Thu Mar 06, 2014 08:32 PM

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Hi Roland,

I had cancer in my right tonsil.  I had a nagging sore throat (not acute pain) and was treated for strep.  I noticed a lump in my tonsil, but the primary doc said it was an enlarged gland.  When antibiotics failed to cure the throat, doc sent me to an ENT who diagnosed it in about 5 minutes.  He did a biopsy to confirm that it was malignant, but was sure it was even before doing the biopsy.  It was caught early, so it had not spread to the margins or lymph nodes.  My point is--if it is cancer, you want to catch it early.  As others have said, get a second opinion (I did).  Then, if it is cancer, take care of it as soon as possible.  There are several different protocols: some do surgery followed by radiation and/or chemo; others do radiation first, then surgery; still others do radiation and chemo without surgery.  

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