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Patrick Maguire, MD, Oncology, answeredAccording to the National Cancer Institute's (NCI's) Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Cancer Statistics Review, the five-year survival following a diagnosis of pharyngeal cancers (cancers of the throat, excluding the voicebox) for all stages combined is 61%. If the disease is localized, then the five-year survival is 83%. Patients with regional spread to lymph nodes and metastatic head and neck cancer have five-year survival rates of 54% and 32%, respectively. The corresponding five-year survival numbers for patients with larynx (voicebox) cancer are 61% overall, 78% if localized, 42% if regional and 33% if distant metastases.