Jefferson University Hospitals

Oropharyngeal Cancer

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Oropharyngeal cancer develops in the part of the throat just behind the mouth, which includes the base of the tongue, the soft palate, the tonsils and the side and back wall of the throat. Possible signs of oropharyngeal cancer can be a sore throat that does not go away, trouble swallowing and a lump in the neck. For expert diagnosis and treatment of oropharyngeal cancer, turn to the otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat physicians) at Jefferson.

Recognized by U.S.News & World Report as among the best in the nation for Ear, Nose and Throat, our otolaryngologists may perform the following tests and procedures to examine your mouth and throat for signs of cancer:

  • Physical exam and history
  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • X-ray
  • PET scan
  • Endoscopy
  • Biopsy

Treatment options depend on the stage of the cancer, the location of the tumor and your age and health.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are the best way patients can receive new therapies and procedures. To find out if a clinical trial might be right for you, ask your health care provider or contact the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Clinical Research Management Office at 215-955-1661.