At Froedtert Hospital, Head and Neck Cancer Program physicians use an evidence-based approach to provide throat and tonsil cancer care that results in optimal outcomes and best preserves tissue and function.

Throat Cancer Treatment

The throat, or pharynx, is made up of three parts, all of which may be susceptible to cancer. The three parts include:

  • The nasopharynx, the upper part behind the nose
  • The oropharynx or middle part which includes the tonsils, soft palate and base of the tongue
  • The hypopharynx or lower part pharynx
Throat Anatomy Diagram

To treat cancer of the pharynx, physicians may recommend radiation therapy, or a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Newer, minimally invasive surgical procedures may also be incorporated into the treatment plan. Learn more about treatments for head and neck cancers.

Planning Shortens Treatment, Speeds Recovery

Program team members consider all aspects of treatment when planning the course of care for patients. The goal is to anticipate the possible impact of treatment to a patient’s appearance or to how they eat, breathe, or otherwise function. The treatment team will make referrals to appropriate reconstruction surgery, rehabilitation or other specialists as needed to shorten treatment and speed recovery. Additionally, patients have access to the complete menu of patient support services available through the Clinical Cancer Center.

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