About Pharynx Cancer
The pharynx is usually divided into three different parts: the nasopharynx (upper), oropharynx (middle), and hypopharynx (bottom). The most common form of cancer that develops in the pharynx is squamous cell carcinoma, but other types are lymphoma, lymphoepithelioma, spindle cell carcinoma, undifferentiated carcinoma, and verrucous cancer. Cancer in the pharynx is most often associated with patients who use tobacco products or drink significant amounts of alcohol, as well as anyone who has been infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV). Board-certified head and neck (otolaryngologist) surgeons Drs. Martin Corsten, Yadro Ducic, and Masoud Saman treat pharynx cancer with advanced surgery, including a pharyngectomy, to remove the infected areas of the throat. With multiple locations in Dallas and Fort Worth, the Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas offers consultations for patients who have symptoms or have been diagnosed with throat cancer.
"My experience was much better than I expected, Dr Corsten and the entire staff made me feel very comfortable and I am very appreciative ."- A.T. / Office Visit / Aug 14, 2018
"Sophie was very patient regarding my questions and concerns and was a delight to talk to!"- A.T. / Office Visit / Aug 14, 2018
"Always a good experience from check in to check out."- RJ / Office Visit / Aug 14, 2018
"I absolutely am so thankful for my doctor"- Anonymous / Office Visit / Aug 14, 2018
"very pleased"- Anonymous / Office Visit / Aug 14, 2018
Some of the most common symptoms and signs of pharynx cancer are:
- Chronic, unexplained sore throats, hoarseness, or coughing
- Difficulty breathing
- Lump in the neck or throat
- Nose bleeds
- Pain in the ear or jaw
- Ringing in the ears
- Trouble swallowing (dysphagia)
A pharyngectomy is performed to remove the tumor from the nasopharynx, oropharynx, or hypopharynx. Reconstruction surgery can restore the function of the throat after the cancerous areas are removed. In some cases, Drs. Corsten, Ducic, and Saman will work with a patient's oncology team if they are combining surgery with other treatments like radiation or chemotherapy.
What to Expect
After the surgical removal of cancer from the pharynx, patients will be given instructions on what should be done to help their recovery. Patients will also be told how often to schedule follow-up appointments so our doctor can determine if the cancer needs further treatment. The Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas also offers speech therapy for patients who are having trouble speaking, swallowing, or breathing normally after their surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
Treating Throat Cancer
Cancer in the throat can cause many symptoms, so patients at risk for pharynx cancer and those who have been diagnosed should schedule an appointment at the Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas to learn about their treatment options. Board-certified head and neck surgeons Drs. Corsten, Ducic, and Saman focus on advanced surgical treatments to remove cancer from the pharynx. We look forward to meeting with you at one of our offices in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.