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1 enlarged tonsil and white patches on throat
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moem58 posted:
Hello, I am a 58 year old woman. I was a moderate-light smoker from age 15 to 34. I was a binge drinker also (on weekends). Recently, I developed light pain near my left tonsil when swallowing or yawning. I also noticed light, small white patches on my throat and my left tonsil is about 2x the size of my right tonsil. My tonsils were equal sizes in the past. The left tonsil looks like it has an extra band of flesh around it and it has an amorphous shapebut it is the same color as the right one. My PCP tested for strep. It was negative. I have not been sick. I don't have swollen glands or lymph nodes. I saw an ENT who did a laryngoscopy and said she didn't see cancer. She denied that the tonsils looked different or that their were white patches on my throat (but both myself and my PCP noticed that). She also said that my left tonsil felt soft and if there was a tumor it would feel hard. She explained my discomfort, extra phlegm after eating to GERD which I believe I have but it is just an additional problem. I take ibuprofen, low dose climara, aspirin and I have Degenerative cervical disc disease but that is all. I am worried I have cancer. I haven't lost weight and I feel fine. Perhaps it is early stage cancer.
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
If you are that worried, then by all means see a different ENT for a second opinion -- this is not something that I could blindly provide for you over the Internet since I cannot examine you first hand.