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What is tonsil cancer?

On Behalf of | Dec 1, 2020 | Medical Malpractice |

Many individuals in New Jersey are becoming more aware of the correlation between smoking or excessive alcohol use and tonsil cancer. However, this form of cancer can develop because of other reasons, including HPV and tonsil removal surgery.

Since research about this form of cancer is constantly developing, many people wonder if it’s possible to get cancer of the tonsils. Unfortunately, tonsil cancer is quite common, and it can develop at any age.

Tonsil cancer primarily affects the throat and mouth. This type of cancer usually originates in the cells of the tonsils and can cause symptoms ranging from difficulty swallowing to an uncomfortable feeling that something is lodged within one’s throat. Additional symptoms may include a persistent sore throat, blood in the saliva, a lump in the neck and a sore in the back of one’s mouth that doesn’t go away.

Tonsil cancer is often diagnosed at a later stage when the cancer may have already spread to other areas like the lymph nodes or the tongue. The treatment for this type of cancer often involves surgery, although chemotherapy and radiation may also be recommended. This kind of cancer occurs whenever abnormal cancerous cells form within the tonsils in the back of a person’s mouth.

Like other types of cancer, a misdiagnosis of tonsil cancer can cause the disease to quickly spread to other regions in the body. The risk of a tonsil cancer misdiagnosis is particularly detrimental since the tonsils play a major role in the human immune system.

It is imperative that physicians diagnose any type of cancer quickly to prevent it from spreading and ensure the proper treatments are recommended. Otherwise, misdiagnosing can lead to serious complications or even death. If you or a loved one has been injured by a doctor’s misdiagnosis, consider scheduling an appointment with an experienced medical malpractice attorney.