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Throat cancer

Homoeopathic treatment for Throat cancer

Cancer is a class of diseases in which abnormal cells multiply and divide uncontrollably in the body. These abnormal cells form malignant growths called tumors.

Throat cancer refers to cancer of the voice box, the vocal cords, and other parts of the throat, such as the tonsils and oropharynx. Throat cancer is often grouped into two categories: pharyngeal cancer and laryngeal cancer.

Throat cancer is relatively uncommon in comparison to other cancers. The National Cancer Institute estimates that of adults in the United States:

Types 

Although all throat cancers involve the development and growth of abnormal cells, 

The two primary types of throat cancer are:

  • Squamous cell carcinoma. This type of throat cancer affects the flat cells lining the throat. It’s the most common throat cancer in the United States.
  • Adenocarcinoma. This type of throat cancer affects the glandular cells and is rare.

Two categories of throat cancer are:

  • Pharyngeal cancer. This cancer develops in the pharynx, which is the hollow tube that runs from behind your nose to the top of your windpipe. Pharyngeal cancers that develop in the neck and throat include:
    • nasopharynx cancer (upper part of the throat)
    • oropharynx cancer (middle part of the throat)
    • hypopharynx cancer (bottom part of the throat)
    • Laryngeal cancer. This cancer forms in the larynx, which is your voice box.

SYMPTOMS

It can be difficult to detect throat cancer in its early stages. Common signs and symptoms of throat cancer include:

  • change in your voice
  • trouble swallowing (dysphagia)
  • weight loss
  • sore throat
  • constant need to clear your throat
  • persistent cough (may cough up blood)
  • swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • wheezing
  • ear pain
  • hoarseness
 

Causes and risk 

Men are more likely to develop throat cancer than women.

Certain lifestyle habits increase the risk of developing cancer of the throat, including:

  • smoking
  • excessive alcohol consumption
  • poor nutrition
  • exposure to asbestos
  • poor dental hygiene
  • genetic syndromes

Throat cancer is also associated with certain types of human papillomavirus infections (HPV). HPV is a sexually transmitted virus. HPV infection is a risk factor for certain oropharyngeal cancers, according to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

Throat cancer has also been linked to other types of cancers. In fact, some people diagnosed with throat cancer are diagnosed with esophageal, lung, or bladder cancer at the same time. This may be because these cancers have some of the same risk factors.

 
 
 

Staging

  • Stage 0: The tumor is only on the top layer of cells of the affected part of the throat.
  • Stage 1: The tumor is less than 2 cm and limited to the part of the throat where it started.
  • Stage 2: The tumor is between 2 and 4 cm or may have grown into a nearby area.
  • Stage 3: The tumor is larger than 4 cm or has grown into other structures in the throat or has spread to one lymph node.
  • Stage 4: The tumor has spread to the lymph nodes or distant organs.

Diagnosis

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

This imaging test uses radio waves and strong magnets to create detailed pictures of the inside of your neck. An MRI looks for tumors and can determine whether cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

Positron emission tomography (PET scan)

A PET scan involves injecting a type of radioactive dye into the blood. The scan creates images of areas of radioactivity in your body. This type of imaging test can be used in cases of advanced cancer.

Computed tomography (CT scan)

This imaging test uses X-rays to create a cross-sectional picture of your body. A CT scan also produces images of soft tissue and organs.

This scan helps your doctor determine the size of a tumor. It also helps them determine whether the tumor has spread to different areas, such as the lymph nodes and the lungs.

Barium swallow

Your doctor may suggest a barium swallow if you’re having difficulties swallowing. You’ll drink a thick liquid to coat your throat and esophagus. This test creates X-ray images of your throat and esophagus.

Chest X-ray

If your doctor suspects that the cancer has spread to your lungs, you’ll need a chest X-ray to check for abnormalities.

HOMOEOPATHIC TREATMENT

Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering.  Throat cancer symptoms treatment that can be selected on the basis of cause, location, sensation, modalities and extension of the complaints. Some important remedies are given below for Throat cancer symptoms treatment:

Ars alb: Unable to lie down. Fear of suffocation. Air passages constricted. Cough< after midnight, lying on back. Extreme prostration & anxiety.

Conium mac: Oppressed breathing, constriction & pain in chest. Expectoration only after long coughing. Dry cough; <evening & night; caused by dry spot in larynx with itching in chest & throat, when lying down. 

 Phytolacca: Aphonia. Difficult breathing. Tickling cough < at night. Decrease of weight. 

 Phosphorous: Hoarseness< evening. Larynx very painful. Tickling in larynx while speaking. Aphonia< evening with rawness. Cannot talk on account of pain in larynx 

 Argentum met: Chronic hoarseness & aphonia< from use of voice. Larynx is a special centre for this drug. 

 Causticum: Hoarseness with pain in chest; aphonia. Larynx sore. Difficulty of voice of singers & public speakers.

Carbo veg:  Cough with itching in the larynx. Deep, rough voice failing on slight exertion. Hoarseness< evening, talking.

  Calcarea carb: Painless hoarseness& bloody expectoration.

  Bromium: Dry cough with hoarseness & burning pain behind sternum. Difficult & painful breathing.