The recent announcement that Buffalo Sabres’ broadcasting legend Rick Jeanneret has been diagnosed with throat cancer may serve as a note of caution to others.
Jeanneret, who has been broadcasting Sabres hockey games for forty-three years on either radio or television, recently announced that he has stage III cancer of the throat and that he has an 85 percent chance of making a full recovery. The cancer was discovered when an ear, nose, and throat doctor examined him.
Jeanneret went through all of the proper procedures, which included a visit to a doctor at the end of the NHL’s 2013-2014 season for an ongoing sore throat. When his throat did not improve, his doctor had him visit an ENT.
The ENT discovered a growth in his throat. A biopsy later performed in June determined it was cancerous. Presently, he is undergoing radiation treatment for the golf ball sized tumor in his throat.
Jeanneret actually did a lot of things right. He did not try to diagnose the problem himself. After the appropriate amount of time, he saw a doctor and then went to a ENT specialist in order to get a proper diagnosis. He didn’t delay, and he got to an ENT when he needed to do so.
Important Sore Throat Symptoms
More often than not, a sore throat is associated with either a bacterial or a viral infection, which means it is not of major concern as long as the infection is addressed. The most common bacterial infection is strep throat.
Others are diphtheria and whooping cough, which are much less common in the U.S. Viral illnesses include the common cold, flu, measles, chicken pox, and mononucleosis.
These maladies respond to treatment and/or rest. However, if the following symptoms define or accompany your sore throat, these may be an indication that you have a more serious issue.
● A sore throat that is severe or that is ongoing and lasts longer than a week
● Difficulty swallowing and/or breathing
● Difficulty opening your mouth
● Hoarseness lasting more than two weeks
● Joint pain
● Developing rash
● A fever higher than 101 F
● Blood in saliva or phlegm
● Reoccurring sore throats
● A lump in your neck
What Can a Sore Throat Mean?
A sore throat that includes some of the additional symptoms listed above may be an indication that you are dealing with allergies, airborne irritants, dry indoor air, or muscle strain within the neck and mouth region.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is also a possibility, which is a digestive system disorder. Because GERD often manifests when people are sleeping many are unaware that they have it.
With this condition, stomach acids or other contents of the stomach back up in the esophagus, creating a situation that can cause severe throat irritation. Other signs or symptoms of GERD may include heartburn, hoarseness, regurgitation of stomach contents, and the sensation of a lump in your throat.
More serious problems associated with the symptoms listed above include HIV and cancerous tumors. Whatever the case may be, if symptoms persist, it is important to have an ENT examine your throat.
For Help We Are Here
If you are exhibiting any of the various symptoms noted in this article, including a persistent sore throat, please contact ENT Doctor Boynton Beach, Joshua Light, M.D.
You may reach the office by calling 561-737-8584 or you may also contact us by using the convenient form on this page. Do not delay in getting your sore throat and other symptoms checked and evaluated.