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
"I recently had to have a forehead flap procedure performed by Dr. Ducic. He is a blessing with his skill and knowledge. It's amazing how hard he works as well as his very talented staff. The office staff are exceptional. Especially Selena Murray who went out of her way to make sure all of my concerns were addressed by Dr. Ducic. He's very busy but he does a great job at making you understand exactly what can or can't be done. I highly recommend this team of professionals."- P.R. / Healthgrades / Sep 08, 2018
"AMAZING Doctor and staff!! I highly recommend for rhinoplasty and facial work!"- S.L. / Healthgrades / Aug 30, 2018
"#Crisalix"- S.K. / Facebook / Aug 01, 2018
"I came for a consult and was put on the schedule for surgery the same day (for roughly a month later). The girls in the office are fantastic and efficient and great with follow up calls and scheduling, etc. Dr. Kelling is lovely and we talked extensively about my history and concerns about my procedure (no fancy stuff, just airflow issues). As for my procedure (septoplasty and much needed turbinate reduction), I am overwhelmingly overjoyed at being able to breathe freely agai...n. I wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and alert and I ask myself if I even need a cup of coffee. I’m no longer a slave to caffeine in the morning, I just drink it because I enjoy it. I can now smell colors! Ok, maybe not colors, but I am moved to tears at least once a day at all the things I can smell and taste again after nearly a decade of deficient airflow. My only regret is I did not find Dr. Saman sooner. Though I did not take advantage of his artistic talent in rhinoplasty (though I would have totally gone for it five years ago), I felt like it was best to overshoot rather than undershoot when it comes to a surgeon’s skill. He is very transparent about his procedures and techniques on social media, I found him on Snapchat and followed on Instragram as well and I have to say it didn’t take long for me to feel comfortable and confident he could help me. Thank you Dr. Saman! You have helped me heal in more ways than I can express."- J.A. / Facebook / Jul 10, 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.