Analyzing Stage Three Throat Cancer

July 2, 2014 Updated Jul 2, 2014 at 2:10 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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Analyzing Stage Three Throat Cancer

July 2, 2014 Updated Jul 2, 2014 at 2:10 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - A few weeks ago, doctors diagnosed Rick Jeanneret with stage three throat cancer.

Dr. Mark Burke, a plastic surgeon that specializes on head and neck cancer at ECMC, says throat cancer typically develops in the back of the tongue, larynx or voice box.

However, Jeanneret plans to get back to work when hockey season starts in October.

He starts radiation and chemotherapy next week. Burke says most treatment takes seven weeks for stage three throat cancer.

Effects from treatment include hoarseness, a sore throat, dry mouth and difficulty swallowing. Some effects can last long term, but generally go away after two to three months.

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