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Tonsil Tumor (Pharyngectomy for Oropharyngeal Cancer) – Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

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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. Yadro Ducic and Masoud Saman can perform a pharyngectomy to surgically remove the infected tissue.


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

Treatment Options

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. 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.

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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. Ducic and Saman can also help patients who have symptoms of tonsil cancer with diagnosis at any of our locations.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.