Respiratory Disorders Community
10.7k Members
Avatar universal

Possible Throat Cancer?

Hi Doctor,

I'm a 39 y/o male, never smoked, normal alcohol consumer, and about 2,5 years ago, I moved to a new place and I started to get postnasal drainage and also issues with my voice. After speaking more loudly or speaking for a while, I would start to loose my voice. No fever, no swallowing issues. Something that rarely (if ever happened to be before). Since my new place is fairly close to the freeway, I suspected allergies.
After 2 years of constant nasal drainage and loosing my voice every so often, I decided to get tested for allergies. The results showed that other than palm oil, I'm not allergic anything...

A couple of weeks ago, I suddenly experienced much more drainage than usual, especially at night, and completely lost my voice. I thought it maybe could be a could I picked up, but In the morning my throat was filled with nasal drainage and after couching it all up, I saw a little bit of blood. I went to a urgent are and they prescribed me with methylprednisolone. I got back my voice after 2 days, and most of the drainage is gone (not all), however, I noticed that I also lost weight (from 148 to 141). That scared me. I have an appointment with an ENT in a few weeks, but have a few questions:

1: Could this be throat cancer?
2: Does loss of voice come and go over periods of time in throat cancer, or would a hoarse voice be bad all the time?
3: Would methylprednisolone be able to improve loss of voice due to throat cancer?
4: Is post nasal drainage a sign of throat cancer?
5: Does the weight loss, that happened over a 2 week period look concerning?

Thank you for your insight!
0 Responses
Have an Answer?
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Find out what causes asthma, and how to take control of your symptoms.
Healing home remedies for common ailments
Tricks to help you quit for good.
Is your area one of the dirtiest-air cities in the nation?
For people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), the COVID-19 pandemic can be particularly challenging.
A list of national and international resources and hotlines to help connect you to needed health and medical services.