Oropharyngeal cancer is cancer of the base of tongue &/or oropharynx, which is the middle part of your throat (pharynx). Symptoms include a sore throat that doesn’t go away; a lump in the throat, mouth or neck; coughing up blood; white patch in the mouth and other symptoms. According to the American Cancer Society estimated 2022 statistics, about 54,000 people in the U.S. will develop oropharyngeal cancer. There are many factors that may increase the risk of oropharyngeal cancer including tobacco and alcohol use, history of cancer or radiation, and being infected with HPV. Oral HPV is transmitted to the mouth by oral sex and possibly in other ways. Many people are exposed in their life. Most people clear HPV within one to two years, but HPV infections persist in some people. The most common treatment for this type of cancer can be radiation but can include surgery. Dr. Kademani, Dr. Claiborne, and their team will educate you, guide you through the options, and assist in every step. They use a collaborative, team-based approach to ensure optimal care and outcomes.
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