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Smoker, feeling of lump in throat on swallowing that seems to increasing in size. Cancer?

About 5 months ago, I noticed when I swallowed, I have a lump in the left side of my throat , about half way down. It s continued to increase in size( I believe, considering I can t see it), and I am a smoker and my dad just passed away from cancer . I don t know if it is something I should be concerned about or not, and if other things I have going on are related to the lump...
Asked On : Sat, 12 Jan 2013
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Lumps in neck region of less than three weeks' duration are most likely due to a self-limiting infection. As you are having this problem for 5 months, it needs proper investigation.

A meticulous clinical history with physical examination will usually provide a reasonable clinical diagnosis. Imaging is necessary for accurate diagnosis and assessment of the extent of a lesion's involvement prior to treatment. High-resolution ultrasound is an ideal initial imaging investigation for most neck lumps.

Ultrasound features can be used to establish the diagnosis. This can be confirmed from ultrasound-guided FNAC, allowing appropriate clinical management and treatment.

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Answered: Wed, 28 Aug 2013
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