Oro-pharyngeal cancer is one of the more common cancers worldwide. It is occurring with greater frequency now largely due to the human papilloma virus (HPV). Early diagnosis is very important as cancer that is diagnosed and treated at an early stage tends to have a more favorable outcome and a higher likelihood of being cured. A yearly checkup with your dentist or physician is the best method of identifying an early cancer. Additionally a lump in the neck may sometimes be the first sign of an oropharyngeal cancer. Other symptoms may include a sore throat or difficulty swallowing. Treatment can compromise one of multiple of the following modalities including robotic surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy.
All patients are presented at our multidisciplinary tumor board, which consists of head and neck surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, and pathologists allowing for a comprehensive treatment plan. If you suspect or have been diagnosed with an oro-pharyngeal cancer contact us to make an appointment for consultation with one of our surgeons at the Oral Cancer Institute.