Just a sore throat

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Hi. Just joined this forum, surprised how many people have same issues/diagnosis.

it started with what I thought was just a sore throat and excessive snoring. After a few months finally booked appt with GP.  MRI/CT PET scan biopsy - diagnosed with P16 + squamous cell carcinoma of left tonsil and neck. pT1 pN2b M0.

Surgery - robotic oropharyngectomy and left neck dissection.

Now recovering but still have very sore throat and difficulty eating/swallowing and limited movement on lower lip. I’m sure this will improve eventually.

Radiotherapy starts end of June 2024, 5 weeks.

Not looking forward to that.

Male 62 with very supportive wife and 2 children (21 and 24)

  • Hi 'Just a sore throat'. sorry to hear of your diagnosis, but you're in the right place, and as you say there are many folks here that have walked your path, and will be glad to offer you advice and support.. 

    Loz (61)

    Oropharyngeal right tongue base T2N2bM0 squamous cell carcinoma p16 positive.. 

  • Hi  

    Welcome but sorry to see you here  I’m Dani and I’m over five years clear of HPV + throat cancer . Doing really well  and fairly normal   

    Radiotherapy starts end of June 2024, 5 weeks.

    Not looking forward to that.

    RT is a challenge but all side effects can be mitigated. My advice is to do as your team tell you. Don’t be brave and tell your RTteam if you are in pain. You have nothing to fight, remember. That’s the oncologists job. You need to keep body and soul together 

    Stay with us. There’s lots if help here 

    PS. Are you having a stomach tube fitted? 


    Base of tongue cancer. T2N0M0 6 weeks Radiotherapy finished January 2019

    I wrote a blog about my cancer. just click on the link below 


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  • Hi

    Nearly 2 years to diagnose T2N1M0 HPV16+ tonsil cancer...sore throat was the laddie that nailed it....without the sore throat who knows how far it could have gone.

    Tough treatment but we have no real choice....stick with this forum.... plenty of sound advice and support from people who have walked the treatment walk.

    Things do improve ....takes time.


  • Well I hope your recovery gets a lot better it’s good to hear people getting treatment good luck 

  • Hi 

    Sorry you have had to join our little club but I hope you will be glad you did the support on here got me (and many others )through the treatment which was very challenging.

    As you have already spoken of a very sore throat and difficulty eating/swallowing it would be a good idea to discuss some form of feeding tube with your team as due to radiotherapy all of the issues you already have will probably feel worse.

    Treatment is hard but you will get through this with the support of your family and hopefully a great team around you.

    As said previously there is never a silly question to be asked either on this forum or with your Hospital team .Tell them if your in pain /any new symptoms or your current medication isn't helping so they can support you further.

    All the best for the end of June.


    Age 56 (T4 2NB HPV positive) 7mths post treatment .Enjoying every day( even the bed rest onesJoy)

  • Hi welcome to our small friendly group any questions just ask. We’re always happy to help. 
    remember HPV driven tumours respond extremely well to treatments.  It’s hard I was 61 and I did it. Now 6 years post chemo radiotherapy happily living my life. 

    Hazel x

    Hazel aka RadioactiveRaz 

    My blog is www.radioactiveraz.wordpress.com  HPV 16+ tonsil cancer Now 5 years  post treatment. 35 radiotherapy 2 chemo T2N2NM.Happily getting on with living always happy to help