When treating oropharyngeal cancer, doctors must develop a treatment plan that effectively attacks the cancer without disabling the patient’s ability to eat, breathe or swallow. Depending on the stage of the cancer, it may be difficult to treat oropharyngeal cancer due to the location of the tumor.
The team of oncology specialists at Florida Hospital works with patients to develop a treatment plan to fit the diagnosis, needs and treatment goals. The plan may rely on one therapy or a variety of therapies working expertly together. We focus on healing for the whole body—mind, body and spirit, so we offer many forms of treatment, from radiation to surgery and counseling. We are dedicated to minimally invasive surgery procedures when possible.
These are some of the common treatments for oropharyngeal cancer. Surgery to remove the tumor, tissue around the tumor or other structures that are affected by the cancer. These procedures may include:
- Primary tumor resection
- Mohs’ micrographic surgery
- Radical neck dissection
- Radiation therapy
- Chemotherapy Targeted therapy – medications that target and kill cancer cells
Many of these treatments cause serious and permanent side effects. Before undergoing treatment, ask your doctor about the side effects and the possible risks.