Why choose us for throat cancer care?
If you are concerned that a lump in your throat may be cancer, turn to the experts at Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Our experienced team detects subtle signs of throat cancer that can be easy to miss. You receive timely, personalized care. For people with human papillomavirus (HPV), care often includes few therapies and few side effects.
Throat cancer is one of the many forms of head and neck cancer we treat. Explore our head and neck cancer program.
What you need to know about throat cancer?
- HPV is a frequent cause of throat cancers. This virus spreads through unprotected sex with an infected person. You can lower your risk by getting the HPV vaccine.
- People with HPV often experience less severe throat cancer and require fewer treatments. If you need additional therapies, we first consider using lighter doses of chemotherapy drugs or radiation.
- Regularly using tobacco and drinking alcohol also raises your throat cancer risk. It’s never too late to stop using these substances. Get more information about tobacco use and cancer.
- You’ll have help keeping track of the small details of your care. Our nurse navigator coordinates your tests and treatments.
How to talk to your doctor about throat cancer
A throat cancer diagnosis may come as a surprise. We are here for you with the encouragement and information you need.
You might want to ask your doctor about:
- Additional testing to help determine which treatments are right for your needs
- Diagnosis, including the cancer’s location and how advanced it is
- Treatments and how soon you may receive them
- Supportive therapies, which may include emotional support, to help you cope with a cancer diagnosis
We explain the tests and treatments you may need in ways you can understand, so you know what to expect. Please feel free to bring family members or trusted friends to appointments to help make care decisions.