Few symptoms of ear cancer include:
Many of these symptoms are non-specific and may appear in other conditions. If you have not had an ear infection in a long time or persistent symptoms, you must visit your GP or seek a second opinion from an ENT specialist.
Most ear cancers are initially misdiagnosed as ear infections. If your symptoms do not subside, your doctor or the specialist may recommend a few tests to evaluate the condition further:
Based on your signs, symptoms and diagnostic test results, your doctor and healthcare team will determine how to treat ear cancer.
Ear cancer treatment options depend upon where your cancer begins. The primary treatment option for middle and inner ear cancer is surgery to remove the entire tumour, followed by radiotherapy to kill any remaining cancer cells and prevent a recurrence. Advanced stages of these cancers may also require chemotherapy.
Outer ear cancers are usually treated by surgery and radiation therapy. The type and amount of surgery you need will depend upon the stage and spread of your ear cancer. In most cases, when the cancer is localised to the outer year, these treatments can help cure cancer.