During chemotherapy, cancer cells are killed using medication. Chemotherapy is often used in combination with radiation therapy to treat throat cancer. The two treatments are more effective when used together. Chemotherapy makes cancer cells easier to kill using radiation. However, using chemotherapy and radiation together increases the side effects a person will experience. Talk with your doctor about the risks and benefits of chemotherapy with or without radiation.
Joel I. Sorosky, MD
- obstetrics & gynecology
Location and Office HoursHartford Hospital
80 Seymour St
Hartford, CT 06102
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- How is chemotherapy used to treat throat cancer?
Are there alternative treatments for endocrine cancers?
Alternative therapies have never been proven to cure any cancer, including endocrine cancers. However, they may help you deal with the side effects. For example, a cancer diagnosis can cause stress, which can be relieved by relaxation therapy, tai chi, yoga, meditation, or massage. Acupuncture, hypnosis, aromatherapy, and music therapy can ease other side effects, such as pain and nausea.
Can I have a metastatic tumor without a primary cancer?
The word 'metastatic' implies that the cancer has spread from its 'primary' site to a distant one. There are instances when the primary site is difficult to elucidate, or simply regresses as is the case sometimes with malignant melanoma. There are also unclassified malignancies due to difficulty in finding primary sites, called 'cancer of unknown primary'. These tend to have poorer prognoses in general, likely due to our inability to give appropriate treatments because we do not know their origin.
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