Tonsil Cancer Worries

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Hi everyone.

I am 22 years old and I've been having symptoms that have me increasingly concerned about tonsil cancer.

Back in January I noticed a small white lump on my right tonsil that I hadn't seen before, and since then it has been continuously growing in size. I went to the ENT a few times for it, but he didn't seem concerned at all despite it's growth and told me it was a cyst. As the year went on I started to develop a cough after eating meals.

Come September, I started to feel the sensation that something was stuck in my throat, difficulty swallowing, and I was getting pain in my ears. I went to a different ENT with this issue and brought up the possibility of this lump being tonsil cancer, but this ENT did not seem concerned at all either and also said it is a cyst.

All this time, I have had a 3.0 cm swollen lymph node in my neck that I have had for a number of years, to the point where 2.5 years ago I had it biopsied for lymphoma when I had supraclavicular lymph node swelling and mononucleosis. The lymph node is still swollen, and I have not stopped picking and prodding at it and noticed that it almost feels like 2 lymph nodes that are fused together, or one really irregularly shaped lymph node and is still at least 3 cm in diameter.

The ear pain and difficulty swallowing have not stopped either, and all of these things are symptoms of tonsil cancer and the lump just makes me think that there's no way that I don't have it. I am incredibly scared because if this is tonsil cancer that has spread to my lymph node and it is matted, the prognosis is very poor and I am only 22 years old. I don't want to die and I don't know what to do at this point.

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