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Cancer of the Pharynx Overview

Another name for Cancer of the Pharynx is Pharyngeal Cancer.

What is pharyngeal cancer?
A person with pharyngeal cancer has abnormal cells in the pharynx that multiply out of control. These cells can form tumors and spread to other parts of the body. Pharyngeal cancer also includes cancer of the tonsils and adenoids. The cause of pharyngeal cancer is unknown, but genetics seems to play a role in determining risk.

What are the symptoms of pharyngeal cancer?
Symptoms of pharyngeal cancer may include an oral lesion, lump in the throat, or ulcer in the throat. Additional symptoms of pharyngeal cancer include hoarseness, sore throat, red throat, bad breath, difficulty speaking, difficulty swallowing, ear pain, and swollen lymph glands in the neck.

How does the doctor treat pharyngeal cancer?
Treatment for pharyngeal cancer may include surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy.

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Last Updated: Aug 28, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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