Oropharyngeal Cancer Care India

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Oropharynx is the middle part of the pharynx(throat) behind the mouth. It includes base tongue, tonsil, soft palate, uvula and pharyngeal wall ( side and back walls of the throat)

Warning signs of Oropharyngeal cancer:

  • Persistent cough
  • Sore throat not resolving for more than 4 weeks
  • Discomfort or pain in swallowing
  • Hoarseness or change of voice
  • Lump in the throat or neck
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Difficulty in swallowing

Risk factors:

  • Tobacco - consumption of pan, pan masala, gutka, masheri, smoking of beedi, cigarettes is a leading cause
  • Alcohol – consumption of alcohol increases the risk of oropharyngeal cancer
  • Poor dietary habits and lack of proper nutrition
  • Human Papilloma Virus infection

How do you diagnose Oropharyngeal cancers?

  • Clinical examination of oral cavity, throat and neck
  • Fibreoptic Endoscopy / Examination under anaesthesia with biopsy
  • CT/MRI / PET CTscan
  • HPV testing

Treatment for Oropharyngeal cancers:

  • Surgery: Early cancers can be treated by LASER or Robotic Surgery.
  • Advantages: excellent cure rates, maximal voice preservation, reasonable functional outcome & minimal side effects
  • Radiation therapy: first line of treatment for early oropharyngeal cancers. IMRT is the preferred modality for cancers of the oropharynx
  • Chemotherapy: used along with radiation in advanced oropharyngeal cancers

Can we prevent Oropharyngeal Cancer ?

Lifestyle modification in the form of stopping tobacco and alcohol in all forms will help to reduce the risk of Oropharyngeal cancer. Good oral hygiene, high consumption of fruits and vegetables and a healthy lifestyle will help in preventing oropharyngeal cancer.

At Heal Onco Care, we specialize in the comprehensive care of individuals with oropharyngeal cancer. Our multidisciplinary team of oncologists, surgeons, radiation therapists, and support staff is dedicated to providing personalized treatment plans and compassionate support. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our innovative approaches to oropharyngeal cancer treatment. Together, we can restore your ability to speak, swallow, and savor life's simple pleasure.