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How is stage I oropharyngeal cancer treated?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Stage I oropharyngeal cancer is minimally invasive and has not spread to any tissue outside the oropharynx. Radiation and surgery are the main treatment modalities used to manage cancer at this stage. In deciding between radiation and surgery, the location of the primary tumor is the main determinant. Surgery may be used if the cancer is easily removed, with little danger of damaging important structures, while radiation may be used for cancer in more difficult locations.

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