What Are My Treatment Options for Throat Cancer?

Your throat cancer treatment may take any of several forms depending on the specifics of your diagnosis, such as the stage of your cancer, its cellular makeup and whether or not it has spread to other areas of your body. In general, surgery and radiation therapy can be effective for treating stage 1 and 2 cancers, while a combination of treatments may be necessary for more advanced-stage cancers.

Moffitt’s approach to throat cancer treatment

At Moffitt Cancer Center, we know that no two patients are identical, and an individualized treatment plan is key to achieving the best possible outcome and quality of life. That’s why the physicians in our Head and Neck Oncology Program collaborate to develop treatment plans that are tailored to the unique needs of our patients. Based on the details of a patient’s diagnosis, his or her throat cancer treatment plan may include a combination of:

  • Targeted radiation therapy and chemotherapy to destroy cancerous cells or impede them from growing and multiplying
  • Oral surgery using the latest minimally invasive techniques to remove cancerous growths while sparing healthy tissues and preserving vocal ability if the cancer that has spread to the larynx and pharynx
  • Skull base surgery performed with the assistance of neurosurgeons to remove tumors that have spread to the base of the skull
  • Reconstructive surgery and noninvasive therapies to help restore facial appearance, speech and swallowing abilities following surgical treatment

Moffitt leverages the expertise of professionals from multiple specialties to provide well-rounded treatment and compassionate supportive care. In a single location, patients in our throat cancer treatment program have access to medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, head and neck surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, speech therapists, social workers, dietitians and many other experts.

If you would like to speak with a Moffitt physician about your throat cancer treatment options, call 1-888-663-3488 or fill out a new patient registration form online. We accept new patients with or without referrals.