About Tonsil Cancer
The tonsils are a small section of lymphoid tissue at the back and sides of the throat that may become infected with cancerous cells. Frequently linked to patients who have contracted the human papillomavirus (HPV), tonsil cancer is also commonly seen in patients who use tobacco products or drink excessive amounts of alcohol. At the Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas with locations in Dallas and Fort Worth, board-certified head and neck (otolaryngologist) surgeons Drs. Martin Corsten, Yadro Ducic, and Masoud Saman can perform a pharyngectomy to surgically remove the infected tissue.
"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
If tonsil cancer is suspected, a diagnosis is usually confirmed with an imaging study, like a CT, MRI, or PET scan. Our doctor may test for tonsil cancer if a patient has some of these common symptoms:
- Change in speech
- Lump in the neck or throat
- Pain or difficulty swallowing
- Unexplained ear pain
- Unexplained weight loss
Since the tonsils are not necessary for the body to function, surgery to remove the tonsils (pharyngectomy) is often recommended to remove the cancerous areas. If the cancer has spread to other areas of the throat or mouth, surgery can be combined with other treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation. During the diagnosis, Drs. Corsten, Ducic, and Saman will talk to patients about their treatment options before creating a unique plan that gives them optimal results.
What to Expect
Tissue removed during the surgery will be examined to determine if the cancer has been fully removed. Each patient will be given clear post-surgical instructions, including when to schedule a follow-up visit with the doctor. Even if the cancer is fully removed, patients should continue to have their mouth and throat checked frequently for signs of cancer recurrence.
Plan Your Procedure
Tonsil Cancer Surgery
Patients in the Dallas/Fort Worth area who have been diagnosed with tonsil cancer are encouraged to schedule a consultation at the Head & Neck Cancer Center of Texas to learn more about their surgical options. Board-certified otolaryngologists Drs. Corsten, Ducic, and Saman can also help patients who have symptoms of tonsil cancer with diagnosis at any of our locations.