How does throat cancer affect the body?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Throat cancer can affect the body differently depending on the part of the throat where cancer develops. Cancer of the voice box can cause pain in the ears or pain when swallowing. If cancer affects the salivary glands, it can cause swelling near the jaw and chin and pain, numbness or paralysis of the facial muscles. Cancer in other parts of the throat can cause persistent pain or other symptoms that don't subside after about two weeks. Certain cancer treatments may cause additional affects on the body, including difficulty speaking, swallowing or eating. Physical therapy may be needed in these cases.

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