How is recurrent oropharyngeal cancer treated?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Oropharyngeal cancer may recur after treatment. Management of these recurrences depends on the location of the cancer, the extent of spread, and the treatments used previously. The doctor may choose to treat cancer that recurs after radiation surgically, while cancer that recurs after surgery may require either radiation or more surgery. While those are the standard treatments, the doctor may also try other modalities, including chemotherapy or radiation accompanied by hyperthermia therapy. Hyperthermia therapy involves the heating of body tissues in order to render cancer cells more susceptible to radiation treatment.

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