Throat cancer can cause a variety of symptoms, based on the exact location of the cancer. Signs and symptoms of this condition may be nonspecific, and may overlap with symptoms from various other, less serious conditions.
Neck Lump. While not always present, when a persistent lump in the neck is noticed, it should be evaluated by a doctor. Transient neck lumps are often noticed with upper respiratory infections, such as strep throat. Neck lumps are frequently just enlarged lymph glands that are reacting to an infection.