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what are the signs and symptoms of soft palate cancer?


what are the signs and symptoms of soft palate cancer?

and what are diagnostic methods/tests for diagnosing soft palate cancer?
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SOFT PALATE CANCER -
To diagnose soft palate cancer, the physician will first obtain a medical history from the patient. Then a Mayo Clinic otorhinolaryngologist (head and neck surgeon) or oral and maxillofacial surgeon will examine the soft palate for abnormalities and use a mirror or a small, flexible, fiber-optic instrument to see the other side of the soft palate. A tissue sample (biopsy) may be taken of any areas that appear abnormal. A pathologist will then carefully examine this sample in a laboratory.

Most soft palate cancer cases begin in the squamous cells that line the surface of the oropharynx, the region behind the last molar. As a result, when physicians diagnose the condition early, patients are often treated successfully for the disease. To determine if the cancer has spread beyond the surface of the soft palate, the physician may order the following imaging procedures:

* X-rays produce one-dimensional images of the mouth, head and chest.
* Computer tomography (CT) scans use thin X-ray beams to create images of internal organs in two-dimensional slices.
* Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans use a magnetic field and radio waves to create images that can be viewed from any direction or plane to determine the extent of the cancer and whether the lymph nodes are involved.
* Ultrasound involves use of a wandlike device (transducer) to combine high-frequency sound waves and a computer processing to provide physicians with information about the shape and texture of the tumor.
* PET scans use radioactive materials to identify actively growing tissues, such as cancer in the soft palate, in lymph nodes and other organs of the body such as the lungs, liver or bones.

Generally a complete head and neck examination provides the necessary information to recommend a treatment plan for most patients with soft palate cancers.

The most common risk factors associated with cancers of the soft palate are smoking tobacco and consuming alcohol excessively. Symptoms of soft palate cancer include:

* A persistent sore in the back of the mouth that doesn't heal
* Ongoing pain in the mouth
* Difficulty chewing, swallowing or speaking
* Swelling or pain in the neck
* Severe ear pain
* Lumps in the neck

If soft palate cancers are detected at a small or early state, patients often experience successful treatment of their cancer.-  (+ info)

What are any signs or symptoms that someone might be pregnant? And how soon do they appear?


signs and symptoms that someone might be pregnant, and how soon do they appear?
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How soon a symptom occurs just depends on the woman.

Some symptoms...
Sore/tender breasts/nipples
Hungry
Nausea
Headaches
Dizzy/Faintness
Fatigue (feel more tired than usual)
Urinating more frequently
Mood Swings

etc etc  (+ info)

What are some early symptoms/signs that you will be blind in the future?


What are some early symptoms/signs that you will be blind in the future?
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i remember when I was little I was looking in a corner of the ceiling and my vision kept going clear to alittle more blurrish and kept going back and forth and then I looked away and my vision got stable soon I was getting glasses wear sun glasses and eat carrots. and it is good to be in the dark, theres been evidence that ppl who spend more time in the dark improve there eyesight and it gets better because there eyes adjust to the low amount of light, but thats over time but dont be in the dark all the time because your eyes still need light I didn't go blind, but it was the first sighn my vision was going bad and my vision is really bad very blurry everything is without my glasses but I will get lasik soon it will be good for me  (+ info)

what were your labors signs and symptoms prior to giving birth?


I am 33 weeks and I know that I have few weeks left but want to know from you moms who have gone through the process what were your signs and symptoms prior to finally going to labor.
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With my last 2 babies, I woke up in the morning and I was wet so that was pretty much my symptoms, after that it was the contractions a pain that runs all across your belly and down to your legs and around your back. Very hard to describe. It feels more like very bad menstrual cramps. Good Luck!  (+ info)

What are the signs and symptoms of penis cancer?


What are the signs and symptoms of penis cancer?
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If you have it, you will know it! Testicular cancer is what you should be worried about, it its men between the ages of puberty and the late twenties...check your balls like chicks do their breasts, and if for any reason one of your balls have a lump or seem to be getting larger with our with out pain, go to a urologist immediately! Remember, in the shower, check your balls!  (+ info)

If we were infected with the stomach flu on Sunday, should the whole house show signs and symptoms already?


My husband had a stomach bug Saturday night into Sunday morning (vomitting and diahrea) One of my daughters had it yesterday and I had it last night into this morning. There are 3 other people in the house that have no signs and symptoms yet-could they not be getting it?
Thanks for any input!
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There is no such thing as the "stomach flu".Its called, Norwalk virus.


As long as the infected keep clean and wash their hands after vomiting and going to the bathroom (#2) there is a slim chance that anyone else will come down with it.

Here are some tips on preventing it:

"Norwalk virus"
(Just remember that hand sanitizers will not kill this virus.House hold cleaners such as Lysol will also not kill you.You must use bleach.)

The Norwalk virus causes viral Gastroenteritis which is known as the nasty 24 hour bug that causes explosive and sudden diarrhea and projectile vomiting.Usually non life threating but can cause complications in the very young,elderly and those with compromised immune systems.

PREVENTION-Wash your hands before preparing food/eating food and most importantly, TOUCHING YOUR MOUTH/NOSE/EYES.

The ONLY way to become infected with this virus is if you ingest the contaminated fecal/vomit particles through your eyes,nose and mouth.

It is impossible to "breathe" in the virus BUT possible to become infected by breathing in aerosol "spray" droplets from someone vomiting right next to you.(the droplets settle within minuted but can still infect someone until cleaned with bleach)

Even if your whole family breaks out with this virus, you can prevent it by washing your hands for at least 15-20 seconds with warm water and soap.Remember that you are not killing the virus, you are washing it down the drain even if you use an antibacterial soap (which only kills bacteria, not viruses) hand sanitizers are also not successful in killing the virus.

If a member of your family comes down with the virus, let them know to wash their hands AFTER a bowel movement and vomiting.

To clean infected areas, clean with BLEACH.Clean bathrooms (all infected areas) with a bleach solution as soon as possible and be sure to prevent cross contamination and wash your hands afterwards.Especially children! wipe down all commonly touched objects like door knobs, faucet handles, light switches, toilet flushers etc.

People are STILL contagious even after 24 hours after their symptoms settle down so it is always important to wash your hands after the rest room (which you should do anyways!)

The key to staying Norwalk virus free is to keep sanitary.Wash your hands after using the bathroom...you could prevent other peoples misery as well as yours!!
TIPS:Do not share any cups/plates/utensils with an infected person and be sure to wash in a bleach solution to prevent cross contamination with the rest of your family.  (+ info)

What unusual signs/symptoms did you have before you went into labor?


And also how long before you went into labor did you start having those signs/symptoms?

I'm just curious and bored at work. I'm currently 39 weeks and still waiting for my little one to pop out. Hopefully this can be informational to other mothers who are curious.
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My back hurt for days and would get stronger once in a while, which i later found out, meant i was having contractions, but being a first time mom i didn't recognize. One morning i woke up and thought that my incontinence gotten worse because i would pee very little non-stop for a while. After 2-3 hrs of thinking that and wondering if my water might have broken I called the Dr and they thought i should go to the hospital, just in case. So i went, told my mom that we will be back in a couple of hours so she shouldn't go with us. Turns out i was in labor and i had the baby later ( much later) that day.
hope this helps. Good luck!  (+ info)

How soon after conception did you notice signs and symptoms of pregnancy? ?


How soon after conception did you notice signs and symptoms of pregnancy? My period was on October 25th. I have a 27 day cycle. My husband and i had sex on all of my fertile days and some. Last night and the night before last i sleep for 14 hours each, which is very unusual for me. Yesterday i had a slight headache and i have been feeling nauseous since yesterday. I know that it is too soon to test but i would wondering if anyone has ever had pregnancy symptoms so early? Also how soon can i take a home pregnancy test. Thanks in advances for answers.
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i had very very very sore boobs that lasted alot longer than usuall, i also felt very crampy that lasted for a few days...i believe i the symptoms started for me about a week before my period..

i remember sobbing to my partner saying that i think im pregnant,he told me i wasnt and not to worry, low and behold!!!!
im due in 5 weeks time lol

good luck i took a clear blue digital test 5 days before i was due and it told me "pregnant" lol i nearly fell off the toilet seat lol
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What are signs and symptoms of pregnancy?


Other than no periods and morning sickness, what are other signs and symptoms of being pregnant? What is morning sickness like? How far along pregnant could I be without having any sings and symptoms?!
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sore breast, nausea, fatigue, vomiting(sometimes) Morning sickness, missed period. when I got pregnant my number one indication was the sore boobs!!  (+ info)

What signs/symptoms should I look out for if my body is literally too thin to function?


I know, gain weight, but seriously does anybody know the signs that your body can't take it or anything like that? lol I sound like a masochist but I'm not. Or does everybody just assume that once you reach 45kgs 99lbs you're dead?
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When normal function starts to fail, that's pretty much your body telling you that there's something wrong. For a woman a common symptom is skipping periods, for both sexes anything ranging from fatigue, extreme reactions to illness (instead of being normally sick with a cold, you'll get REALLY sick), dizziness, lightheadedness, etc. These are the milder reactions that you'll see. If you don't eat more and gain more weight, your symptoms will progress to life-threatening reactions to illnesses, organ failure, and eventually if you allow it to continue long enough, even death.

So yeah - gain some weight already! :-) Foods higher simple sugar are a great way to stimulate your appetite if you have trouble finding the desire to eat. Stay away from junk food but try breads and grains which are usually pretty easy to eat even if you're not hungry. This plus healthy eating of fruits, vegetables, and some lean meats (protein does have an appetite suppressing effect so avoid too much if your appetite is the problem) will round out a healthy diet.

If you're thinking gaining weight is enough of a problem for you that you're asking this question, going to a doctor and/or a nutritionist would be a great idea as well.  (+ info)

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