Thyroid and throat cancers demand the specialized care and treatment offered at Hill Country Ear, Nose & Throat in New Braunfels, Texas. With more than 18 years of experience, Charles F. Lano, Jr., MD, provides the most advanced surgical and nonsurgical treatments for conditions affecting the ear, nose, and throat. If you have a throat cancer diagnosis or throat symptoms that won’t go away, call Hill Country Ear, Nose & Throat or schedule an appointment online today.
Your throat runs from your nose to your neck and includes your esophagus, windpipe, voice box, tonsils, and epiglottis. Cancer can develop in any of these areas.
Several factors can increase your risks of developing throat cancer, including:
There are several types of throat cancer. The general term for throat cancer is pharyngeal cancer, but the type is further differentiated depending on where it originates. Types of throat cancer include:
Cancer can also develop in the thyroid gland located below the voice box. Your thyroid is in the front of your neck. This small butterfly-shaped gland makes hormones that regulate how your body uses energy.
Thyroid cancer is relatively uncommon and very responsive to treatment. If Dr. Lano suspects you may have thyroid cancer, he performs a biopsy and reviews it for cancer. Treatment often includes surgical removal and radioactive iodine.
Common symptoms of throat cancer include:
In addition to physical examinations of the throat, Dr. Lano diagnoses throat cancer through a variety of tests, including:
Your treatment options depend on the stage of your cancer; your ability to eat, breath, and talk; and your general health.
Dr. Lano and his team at Hill Country Ear, Nose & Throat are trained to surgically treat both benign and malignant tumors affecting the throat, head, and neck. Additional treatment options might include radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted drug therapy.
Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about throat cancer treatments offered at Hill Country Ear, Nose & Throat.