Throat cancer is a term that refers to a variety of cancerous tumors that grow in the pharynx, larynx, epiglottis, or tonsils. Over 30,000 cases of throat cancer are diagnosed annually within the U.S. alone. In most cases, throat cancer is found in older patients around age 50.
There are effective options for treating throat cancer. At the Hyperthermia Cancer Institute, we help those undergoing treatment for throat cancer enhance the treatment’s effectiveness and improve their results. We do this by utilizing the clinically proven benefits of hyperthermia treatments.
Throat Cancer Causes
The throat is a long muscular tube that extends from behind the nose to the end of the neck (pharynx). Just beneath the throat is the voice box (larynx), which consists of cartilage and vocal cords.
The tonsils are two soft masses of tissue that are located in the back of the throat. The epiglottis is a small flap of cartilage that covers the windpipe when swallowing. Each of these areas is susceptible to throat cancer in the form of cancerous tumors.
Throat cancer is caused by genetic mutations that develop within the cells of the throat. These cells can eventually accumulate and form a large mass known as a tumor. While research is still being done to study the exact causes of throat cancer, several risk factors have been identified, such as:
- Smoking tobacco
- Chewing tobacco
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Poor diet
- Excessive alcohol consumption
Throat Cancer Treatments
There are several treatment options for throat cancer depending on the type of cancer and the location of the tumor. Surgery can be performed to safely remove the tumor. Surgical options include endoscopic surgery, laser micro surgery, and robotic surgery.
Chemotherapy can be performed to reduce the size of a tumor so that it can be safely removed through surgery. It can also be used to destroy any remaining cancer cells after surgery. In cases where surgery is not an option, chemotherapy combined with other treatments can serve as a primary treatment.
Improving Throat Cancer Treatments with Hyperthermia
Studies have shown that hyperthermia is a highly effective treatment that can make cancer cells more susceptible to the effects of other cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. Hyperthermia works by heating up targeted cancer cells, which disrupts the cancer cell membrane; triggers an immune-system response that initiates cell death; breaks down cellular proteins; and offers a number of other benefits that help to treat cancer and improve the effectiveness of other cancer treatments.
Hyperthermia can help those attempting to reduce the size of their tumors through chemotherapy so that surgery becomes a viable option for removing the tumor. It can also be a huge benefit to those using chemotherapy as a primary treatment.
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