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Is there a cure for oropharyngeal cancer?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Whether or not oropharyngeal cancer can be cured depends on the cancer stage at diagnosis and the location of the tumor. The five-year survival rate for patients with stage I cancer of the oropharynx and tonsil is 56 percent. The five-year survival rates for those with stages II and III cancer are essentially the same as that for those with stage I disease. The five-year survival rate for those with stage IV cancer is a little bit lower, at 44 percent. After you are finished treatment for your cancer, you will need to follow up with your doctor because recurrences, particularly during the first two years, do happen.

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