Larynx Cancer (cont.)
Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.
In this Article
- Throat cancer (larynx cancer) facts*
- What is throat (larynx) cancer?
- What causes throat cancer?
- What are the risk factors for throat cancer?
- What are the types of larynx (throat) cancer?
- What are the symptoms and signs of throat cancer?
- How do health-care professionals diagnose throat cancer?
- How is throat cancer staging determined?
- What kinds of specialists treat throat cancer?
- What is the treatment for throat cancer?
- Are there home remedies for throat (larynx) cancer?
- What kind of support is available for those with throat cancer?
- What is the prognosis for patients with throat cancer?
- Is it possible to prevent throat cancer?
- Find a local Oncologist in your town
Are there home remedies for throat (larynx) cancer?
There are no home remedies that can cure throat cancers. However, there are home remedies that might reduce some of the symptoms in some patients. They are not medically recommended as initial or first treatments but like most home remedies may reduce some symptoms in certain patients. They are as follows:
- Herbs (for example, green tea and garlic)
- Dietary supplements including vitamins and foods containing vitamin C and folate
- Hydrotherapy (hot and/or cold wraps)
- Physical therapy
- Lifestyle changes, including exercise, appropriate diet, and avoidance of smoking
Patients should discuss with their doctors the use of these home remedies before trying them.
What kind of support is available for those with throat cancer?
Most treatment methods involve continued support for those with throat cancer. Patients receive rehabilitation support such as physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Other patients may require additional surgical treatment such as reconstructive surgery and/or dental implants. In addition, speech pathologists, audiologists, and experts in swallowing rehabilitation may be needed. Support groups may provide additional support.
What is the prognosis for patients with throat cancer?
The prognosis or outcome for patients with throat cancer varies with the stage and location of the cancer. Most prognostic indicators are based on a 5-year relative survival rate that varies with the type of cancer and its stage. The best survival is in cancer of the glottis (90%) and worst is in cancer of the hypopharynx (53%), both beginning at stage I over a 5-year period. Unfortunately, in all individuals with throat cancer, the 5-year survival rate declines as the stages progress from 1 to IV. Consequently, the earlier the cancer is diagnosed and treated the better the potential outcome.
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