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Thousand faithful industry other doctors on the couch right now after Michael Douglas has completed his first round of radiation thinking well.
For stage four throat cancer he now says the cancer remains above his neck and has not spread and that's a good -- But what should the 65 year old actor expect in the weeks to come.
Our medical eighteen is here with their analysis doctors Manny Alvarez and -- coomer and Mark Siegel good morning to all three of you weren't included having an interest in lively debate about this in the in the commercial break.
I think a lot of people know doctor Siegel that people can get throat cancer from smoking Michael Douglas former smoker.
But now this new report comes out and says 85% of all head and neck cancers are caused by smoking and heavy drinking.
A hundred times more likely to get throat cancer if you're heavy smoker and drinker than if you're not that -- Plus there's a high risk of HPV virus which is becoming more and more common and that by the way would improve his prognosis so.
If he gets treated with chemo and radiation it's above the Mac only and hasn't spread below.
Its chances are pretty good even being 80% good if you had HPV virus.
So for the smoking the drinking is bad but he could actually do pretty well officials HPV even better I also want to point out by the way.
That it's an incredible message of courage and hope that he's coming -- on TV.
Talking about this now it's given a lot of hope the cancer sufferers all over the world right but but how does the drinking factor into this after them.
Why what ticking actually causes and -- changes in your vascular system as -- -- get a lot inflammatory changes along with.
Smoking which irritates the airway -- so the -- a -- the trachea the taking it magnifies that -- files that's all the combinations you can actually make.
And one -- for the treatment for throat cancer so a lot of people at home Dr.
Manny are are listening to this and saying -- Michael Douglas my goodness he has money and power he go to the doctor and they say he's fine.
And it certainly has stage four cancer how is it how is it missed or was not well I'm of the.
You would miss because most of the Simpsons -- protesters a lot of sore throat and everybody gets sore throat was a very common symptom.
And apparently he was going to the doctor they didn't see anything.
But local they -- a biopsy and then once you get as certain volume of cancer that has invaded the tissue that's when the diagnosis becomes more apparent.
And that's exactly what happens most of these throat cancers are diagnosed in the stage three to four because that's when they -- the most prominent.
Amount of occupying space and symptoms then.
But it's a wake up listen you know you have the risk factors like mark said -- are.
This is the perfect example that you know when in doubt check it out and have you not happy -- the resulting you have this persistent sore throat.
Go get it checked with the ING specialists -- -- a good lesson for another doctor's eighteen.
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