question to tonsil cancer survivors and patients!!

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by housemaid on Wed Dec 03, 2014 03:15 AM

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The antibiotics and prednisone probably won't help. The scan of your salivary glands might show something.. My husband had a large stone in his salivary gland years ago and had to have it removed with an operation. So salivary glands can get stones, too!

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by awifetryntohelp on Wed Dec 03, 2014 04:08 AM

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Please get second opinons on the tonsil issue!!! My Husbands right tonsil was larger  ..... After surgery the cancer was at the very top of the tonsil not visable to the eye... Next turn of events is along one! You have to go to a Well Known Ent!!! 

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by caroline4 on Wed Dec 03, 2014 09:56 AM

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My daughter keeps getting bouts of tonsillitis, at least twice a year. Her symptoms are swollen tonsils, not the same size, white spots which has been mistaken for thrush, or stones by an ENT. All cleared up with antibiotics. On and off for about 6/7 years now - I was getting concerned. Having decided not to have them removed, she is changing her mind, as I was diagnosed with tonsil cancer in January 2013' the symptoms completely different may I add. I have urged her to go and seek advice from a different ENT. It will always play on her mind if she doesn't get them checked out and/or removed. To close for my liking anyway, even though there is no other cancer in our family, and she doesn't drink or smoke, like I 'did'! She's sensible, and got an appointment in a week's time. I'm obviously really hoping it is just tonsillitis and she decides to have them out anyway, but also, to warn some people that googling and the like can lead you unnecessarily up the garden path eg. May not be cancer, even though not good,just not cancer. Best of luck!

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by totis_salvador on Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:50 AM

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Thanks housemaid, Diana. I really appreciate the response , I'll update you guys soon, also, thanks Linda for using this thread.

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by Dlynn1210 on Wed Dec 03, 2014 01:14 PM

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On Dec 03, 2014 9:56 AM caroline4 wrote:

My daughter keeps getting bouts of tonsillitis, at least twice a year. Her symptoms are swollen tonsils, not the same size, white spots which has been mistaken for thrush, or stones by an ENT. All cleared up with antibiotics. On and off for about 6/7 years now - I was getting concerned. Having decided not to have them removed, she is changing her mind, as I was diagnosed with tonsil cancer in January 2013' the symptoms completely different may I add. I have urged her to go and seek advice from a different ENT. It will always play on her mind if she doesn't get them checked out and/or removed. To close for my liking anyway, even though there is no other cancer in our family, and she doesn't drink or smoke, like I 'did'! She's sensible, and got an appointment in a week's time. I'm obviously really hoping it is just tonsillitis and she decides to have them out anyway, but also, to warn some people that googling and the like can lead you unnecessarily up the garden path eg. May not be cancer, even though not good,just not cancer. Best of luck!

You made a very good point about googling symptoms and self diagnosing.  My husband recently got a rash on his leg that spread to his fingers.  I thought he most likely came into contact with something while working in the yard but after googling rashes, he came to the conclusion he should go to ER on a Sunday.  I strongly discouraged it because we have a $500 co-pay for ER visits.  He went to the doctor the next morning and sure enough, it was a contact rash treated with an antibiotic.  He later admitted he thought he had Mersa.  He has done something similar a few times - actually experiencing symptoms that he "thinks" he has once something seems to fit.  

You can have real health issues without it being cancer.  While we can tell you if your symptoms match ours after diagnosis we cannot diagnose. 

I also did not smoke or drink and was a female (more likely tonsil cancer for those who are males, smokers, and/or drinkers).  The American Cancer Society did not say there WAS a genetic factor - only that one was being looked at.  That was enough to have my daughter have hers removed after having numerous bouts with strip throat.  Even infections can become resistent to antibiotic after several bouts.  She has encouraged her sisters to have theirs removed but the other four have not done so.

People occasionally find their way here before seeing an ENT and almost always later find it is not cancer.  Seeing a doctor who can visually assess your problem is a must!

We always wish everyone who comes here the best of luck and hope you don't have a need to come back.  For those that do, you have many who on CC to guide you.   

Diana

 

RE: question to tonsil cancer survivors and patients!!

by totis_salvador on Wed Dec 03, 2014 04:23 PM

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Hi there, the results of an ultrasound that was taken 2 days ago came back, it resulted no adenopathy was seen , no mass was seen, area that was checked was the submandibular to the clavicular area. Does the tonsil ca would always comes with inflammation of the lymph nodes?

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by lwoctober on Wed Dec 03, 2014 04:47 PM

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Im hoping my tonsils will show on the cat scan..will they? if not I promise I will..I actually want them just out.Thank you so much..Linda

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by lwoctober on Wed Dec 03, 2014 04:57 PM

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so true..But sometimes Drs dont listen and we get desperate for information..but still very true..Linda 

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by lwoctober on Wed Dec 03, 2014 05:03 PM

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Yes I read that. Im guessing if I have stones the cat scan will show them? Im hoping anyway. Dr didnt say anything about stones.. Linda 

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by lwoctober on Wed Dec 03, 2014 05:04 PM

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and I agree with you, this medicine wont help cause I was already treated with antibiotics. Linda 

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