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Oropharyngeal Cancer: Treatments and Services

Oropharyngeal cancers are treated depending on where they are located and the stage of the tumor. Treatment may include one or more of the following options:

  • Surgery
    Physicians may remove the adrenal gland and the nearby lymph nodes. Chemotherapy and radiation may be used before or after surgery.
     
  • Radiation
    Radiation is the use of high energy x-rays or other types of radiation to kill cancer cells. Physicians may use radiation by itself to destroy tumors or to shrink tumors before surgery. Radiation tends to be more effective if the patient is not a smoker or has quit smoking.

     
  • Chemotherapy
    Chemotherapy is the use of drugs to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells. Physicians give these drugs based on the stage of the tumor. Chemotherapy may be used in combination with surgery to treat cancer.