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What are the treatment options for oropharyngeal cancer?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Oropharyngeal cancer may be treated with some combination of surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy. Radiation therapy and surgery are used most often. The doctor may perform surgery to remove the tumor and any suspicious lymph nodes. Radiation involves the use of high energy beams to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapeutic agents work systemically to kill cancer cells anywhere in the body. Your specific treatment plan will depend on factors such as your general health, your age, and the stage of your cancer.

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