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Oropharyngeal Cancer

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Also called throat cancer, oropharyngeal cancer is a type of oral cancer that affects structures in the throat. These structures include the back of the tongue, soft palate, tonsils and back of the throat. Patients who smoke, drink alcohol and eat a diet low in fruits and vegetables are at the highest risk for this condition. Florida Hospital Cancer Institute provides patients with the latest treatments for oropharyngeal cancer, including robotic and minimally invasive procedures. We work with patients to develop a treatment plan to fit their condition and goals while caring for the whole person—mind, body and spirit. Find out more about the cancer care at Florida Hospital. Schedule an appointment today.

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A type of oral cancer, oropharyngeal cancer affects structures in the oropharynx. These structures include the following parts of the body:

  • Soft palate
  • Tonsils
  • Back of the throat
  • Back one-third of the tongue

Tumors can develop anywhere in the mouth, including the throat. Some of these tumors are benign or noncancerous. Others may be precancerous or cancerous. Two conditions in the mouth, leukoplakia and erythroplakia, can develop into oropharyngeal cancer. It’s important to seek screening and tests for oral cancer if you notice symptoms to determine if you need treatment for oropharyngeal cancer.

The majority of malignant oral cancers are squamous cell carcinoma, a cancer that originates in the squamous cell lining of the oral cavity and oropharynx. It can spread to other parts of the oral cavity.

Early detection is the key to successful treatment of oropharyngeal cancer. 

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