Throat cancer refers to a disease in which tumors form in different structures of the throat including the pharynx, larynx, tonsils, and some areas in the head and neck. If you’re wondering how common is throat cancer, compared to other types of cancers, throat cancers are relatively rare. However, they are highly correlated with certain risk factors such as smoking and exposure to human papillomavirus (HPV).
Throat cancers are grouped into pharyngeal cancers, which include nasopharyngeal cancer, oropharyngeal cancer, and hypopharyngeal cancer. Laryngeal cancers are another group of throat cancers that affect the voice box and vocal cords, causing glottis, supraglottis, and subglottis.
Recognizing what are the signs and symptoms of throat cancer can help you get diagnosed as early as possible. Some of these throat cancer symptoms include a persistent sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, a cough that persists, headache, and unexplained weight loss, among other symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms for more than a few weeks, consult your doctor. You will go through a series of tests that involve a biopsy and imaging to look for cancerous cells.
If you do receive a throat cancer diagnosis, a treatment method will be recommended to you based on the type and stage of the cancer. Conventional throat cancer treatment will most likely involve a combination of the following types of treatment methods. Surgery is often combined with radiation, and patients with cancer in more advanced stages will also have chemotherapy. The exact plan for how to treat throat cancer is based on the patient’s age and overall health condition.
The following treatment approaches are used in conventional throat cancer treatment
If cancer is in the early stages, an oncologist can remove the tumor from your throat through a surgical procedure. Different kinds of surgeries can be performed to remove the tumor. These may be through an endoscopic surgery, or through a pharyngectomy or laryngectomy that removes parts of the throat or voice box that have cancerous cells. Parts of the lymph nodes may also be removed from your neck. Surgery may change the shape of these structures, which in turn affects their function. If parts of the vocal cords are removed, patients may still be able to speak after the surgery and some learn how to speak after removal.
- Radiation therapy
After the tumor is removed, it is often followed by radiation therapy that uses specific doses of radiation to kill any cancerous cells that are left behind. Radiation beams treat the specific area of the throat where the tumor is present.
- Chemotherapy with specific drugs
Chemotherapy with drugs that can kill malignant cells may also be used to treat the tumor. If the cancer has spread to other areas of the body, chemotherapy is a standard part of treatment.
- Targeted therapy
Certain drugs target specific proteins or molecules that are present in tumors to help them grow. Targeted therapy with these drugs can help to shrink tumor size.
Holistic/Natural Treatment for Throat Cancer
At the Immunity Therapy Center, we look at holistic ways to treat throat cancer that are customized for each patient. Our treatment methods are safe and effective, and we offer a variety of treatment methods, giving you options of choosing the one that is best for you. Just as conventional treatment for cancer combines different treatment methods to be the most effective, the natural therapy-based approach we use at the Immunity Therapy Center also combines standard therapy with natural therapeutic methods.
The first step of the process is evaluation by our in-house doctors, who take your medical history and current health condition into consideration to recommend a treatment plan. After your treatment plan is made, you will receive treatment at the Immunity Therapy Center’s state-of-the-art treatment facility. Many cancer patients come to our center after having already undergone conventional treatment methods without success. Our alternative methods are less invasive than standard treatment approaches. Our doctors tailor each cancer care plan to suit your body type and medical history.
Some of our alternative plans also help your body naturally boost your immune system to fight cancerous cells. Immunotherapy is a new and accepted way to treat cancer, even in standard treatment that uses drugs to improve the body’s ability to kill cancer cells. Our immunotherapy-based approaches boost the immune system in more natural ways that do not use these drugs.
Most treatment plans are completed in-house in about three weeks. Depending on the stage of cancer and other factors, some patients require a treatment plan that is six weeks or longer. After this, the patient is evaluated to formulate a follow-up treatment plan that can be done within the comfort of your own home. Some patients may need to return to Immunity Therapy Center for follow-up care after a few months.
If you or a loved one is considering exploring natural or holistic ways to treat cancer, don’t hesitate to give us a call for a free consultation. Getting all the information you need will help you make a treatment decision that can get you feeling healthy again and prevent cancer recurrence.
Written By: Dr. Pablo Orozco
Dr. Pablo Orozco is a Board Certified Medical Doctor from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California.
Dr. Orozco has been a treating physician at the Immunity Therapy Center for more than 3 years providing daily on site patient care. He works with patients on a daily basis and guides them through the treatment process. Dr. Orozco’s passion for Alternative Cancer Treatments along with his commitment to patient care is key to insure that our patients have the best experience and results possible.
- https://www.healthline.com/health/cancer-throat-or-larynx – treatment
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