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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I had an mri done on my neck i have stenosis. A lump was found on my throat this is the result: hyperintense t2 signal focus near to epoglottis on left at vallecula imaged in part. what does this mean
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Iam.Dr.xxxxx
User :   HI
Doctor :   May i read your post
User :   yes please
Doctor :   May i know your age ?
Doctor :   Do you smoke?
Doctor :   Do you take alcohol?
User :   I am 46 and yes i smoke i dont drink
Doctor :   ok dod you have any problem swallowing food ?
User :   no. but i have known something was there when i turn my head i would get a sharp pain in the left sdie of my throat like it was sticking
Doctor :   People who smoke or otherwise use tobacco are at risk of developing throat cancer
Doctor :   do you have any visible swelling outside your neck?
User :   a slight swelling on the left side
Doctor :   Are they planning any biopsy?
Doctor :   or excision of the lump
User :   i havent got to see my doctor yet this is all coming from my orthopedic surgeon
Doctor :   ok
User :   what do you think this is
Doctor :   do you have any difficulty drinking fluids?
Doctor :   Cancers that involve the throat, base of the tongue, tonsil, pharynx, or tube that extends from the nasal passages to the mouth to the esophagus and sinus are called oropharyngeal and hypopharyngeal cancers.
Doctor :   Symptoms of throat cancer may include: User :   sometimes i choke like it goes down the wrong pipe
Doctor :   A lump in the back of the mouth, throat or neck
Doctor :   A sore throat that does not go away
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Cough
Doctor :   Weight loss for no known reason
Doctor :   Pain or difficulty swallowing
User :   slight cough and no weight loss no pain swallowing
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   since when you have this lump?
Doctor :   since you are a smoker you need to be evaluated further
Doctor :   by an otorhinolaryngologist
Doctor :   by using laryngoscopy
User :   a few months since i noticed the pain in my neck
Doctor :   to view inside your throat
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   since then you have cough too?
Doctor :   do you have any change of voice?
User :   yes. could it be something on the outside of the throat or do you think its inside the throat
User :   i am a little raspy
Doctor :   Throat Cancer usually begins with symptoms that seem harmless enough, like an enlarged lymph node on the outside of the neck, a sore throat or a hoarse sounding voice
Doctor :   it needs to be examined to say
Doctor :   it can be either enlarged lymphnodes
Doctor :   from tumor or from infection
Doctor :   or it can also be tumor from the muscles of the neck
Doctor :   the sternocleidomatoid
Doctor :   muscle
User :   5 yeas ago i had surgery for malignant melanoma
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   was it fully cured?
User :   yes it was removed from my left bicep and i had 6 lymph nodes removed
Doctor :   Patients should be monitored regularly after a diagnosis of cutaneous melanoma, particularly in the setting of thicker tumors, because most metastases occur in the first 1-3 years after treatment of the primary tumor.
Doctor :   Annual skin examinations are recommended for life because an estimated 4-8% of patients with a history of melanoma develop new primary melanoma, generally within the first 3-5 years following diagnosis
User :   i get checked every 6 months
Doctor :   ok good
Doctor :   for throat tumors
Doctor :   When the tumor is small, either surgery or radiation therapy alone can be used to remove the tumor.
Doctor :   When the tumor is larger or has spread to lymph nodes in the neck, a combination of radiation and chemotherapy is often used to preserve the voice box.
Doctor :   Throat cancers can be cured in 90% of patients if detected early.
Doctor :   If the cancer has spread to surrounding tissues or lymph nodes in the neck, 50 - 60% of patients can be cured.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting....
Doctor :   Bye for now..
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