Hello, after suffering from lichen planus in my throat for many years and endless dilatations, I had biopsies in July as my throat had been very sore for around 18 months. The results were high grade dysplasia (pre-cancerous cells) in my oropharynx area. Every time I swallow it hurts and more so with food. The doctors have told me that the dysplasia could turn into cancer in the future and I am waiting to have treatment called EMR (endoscopic mucosal resection) which is really worrying as the whole circumference of my throat is involved. I wonder if anyone else has had this treatment and can give me some reassurance.
Hello, and a very warm welcome to Cancer Chat holly4.
I'm afraid we've not had anyone post about high grade dysplasia on the forum for a while, so I wasn't able to find another member to tag for you to chat with. We do have quite a few people here who've been through treatments to their oropharynx area though, so hopefully someone will be along soon to share their experiences. Our stalwart members @Vatch and @davek may well be able to shed some light.
We also have some information on the website, which I hope will be of help - Stage 0 (high grade dysplasia).
Our information nurses are on-hand too, if you have any questions at all about your upcoming treatment - they'll be only too happy to help: 0808 800 4040 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm).
Wishing you all the very best for the EMR - do let us know how you get on.
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Welcome to the forum. No wonder you are feeling depressed and frightened. On the plus side, you have been diagnosed at the pre-cancerous stage, the earlier a diagnosis the more likely a positive outcome. You now have a diagnosis and are in the system being monitored. If your condition changes at a later time, this will be picked up and addressed.
I’m afraid I don’t have any experience of your proposed treatment, I hope someone on here is able to provide more specific reassurance.