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throat cancer

Throat cancer is a general term that applies to cancer that develops in the throat (pharyngeal cancer) or in the voice box (laryngeal cancer). The throat and the voice box are closely connected, with the voice box sitting just below the throat.



Symptoms may include:

  • cough
  • changes in your voice, such as hoarseness
  • difficulty swallowing
  • ear pain
  • lump or sore that doesn't heal
  • sore throat
  • weight loss

Treatment may include:


Types include:

  • nasopharyngeal cancer - begins in the nasopharynx — the part of the throat behind the nose
  • oropharyngeal cancer - begins in the oropharynx — the part of the throat that is behind the mouth
  • hypopharyngeal cancer (laryngopharyngeal cancer) - begins in the hypopharynx (laryngopharynx) — the lower part of the throat  above the esophagus and windpipe
  • glottic cancer - begins in the vocal cords
  • supraglottic cancer - begins in the upper portion of the larynx
  • subglottic cancer - begins in the lower portion of the voice box below the vocal cords

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