Surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, dental experts and rehabilitation therapists at Miami Cancer Institute collaborate to create your individualized throat cancer treatment plan.
They use the most advanced technology and therapies to increase your chance of a successful outcome that preserves your appearance and ability to speak and eat.
About Throat Cancer
Throat cancer can occur in the pharynx, the hollow tube between the nose and esophagus. Tumors in this region include cancer of the nasopharynx (the upper part of the throat behind the nose), the oropharynx (the middle part of the pharynx) and the hypopharynx (the bottom part of the pharynx). Throat cancer also can occur in the larynx, the area of the throat that contains the vocal cords.
Throat Cancer Risk Factors
Tobacco and alcohol use are the largest risk factors for throat cancer. Other risk factors include:
- Male gender – men are up to five times more likely than women to get throat cancer
- African-American heritage
- Over age 65
- Exposure to asbestos and chemicals such as nickel, sulfuric acid and paint fumes
- Human papillomavirus (HPV), which raises your risk of cancer in the oropharynx
- Epstein-Barr virus, which raises your risk of cancer in the nasopharynx
Symptoms of Throat Cancer
If you experience the following symptoms, it is important to discuss them with your doctor since they may signal a health problem.
- Change in the voice, including hoarseness
- Difficulty or painful swallowing
- Chronic sore throat
- Lump in the neck
- Chronic cough
- Breathing difficulties
- Unexplained weight loss