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Throat Cancer

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Throat cancer, also known as laryngeal cancer, can affect the voice box (larynx), part of the tongue and the tonsils (the pharynx), and below the voice box to the windpipe (subglottis and trachea.) This type of cancer is most common in men over age 50. Signs and symptoms include unexplained sore throat, hoarseness and ear pain.

If you are diagnosed with throat cancer, the experienced and multidisciplinary team from Jefferson's Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health can carefully guide you through available treatment options that address all your medical, emotional and spiritual needs.

Risk Factors

While human papillomavirus (HPV) – a very common sexually transmitted disease (STD) – is often associated with cervical cancer, it can also increase the risk for various head and neck cancers, particularly throat cancer. HPV infections are very common, with roughly 13 million people in the U.S. contracting new infections each year. In most cases, an HPV infection will go away on its own; other times, the cells linger and become abnormal, or cancerous.

Other risk factors of throat cancer include:

  • Tobacco use
  • Frequent consumption of alcohol
  • Poor dietary habits (lack of fruits and vegetables)

Treatment Options for Laryngeal Cancer

Rated among the best hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for cancer treatment, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital brings together the expertise of Jefferson Health oncologists, radiation therapists, radiologists and otolaryngologists to provide you with  a thorough evaluation and devise a personalized treatment plan based on the size of the tumor, its location and the progression of your cancer. Our physicians may also determine if you are eligible to receive experimental treatments through clinical trials conducted at Jefferson Health on an ongoing basis.

If surgery is recommended, Jefferson Health specialists will work with you following your procedure to manage complications that might make it difficult to swallow, eat solid foods or speak. We will provide the necessary therapy to help you improve functioning in these areas.

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To schedule an appointment, please call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) or


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