Why choose us for oropharynx cancer
Your oropharynx is the area of your throat that begins at the back of your mouth. Cancer in this area can affect your ability to swallow. Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, offers an uncommon level of care in South Texas.
Multiple experts, including head and neck surgeons, imaging specialists and other cancer doctors, coordinate to create your care plan. This approach keeps your treatment moving forward. We deliver timely, personalized care that includes surgery and other leading treatments that meet your needs.
Oropharynx cancer is one of many forms of head and neck cancer we treat. Get more information about our head and neck cancer program.
What you need to know about oropharynx cancer
- Most oropharynx cancers are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), which spreads through sexual contact. Children and young adults may be able to avoid these cancers later in life by receiving the HPV vaccine.
- Regularly using tobacco and drinking alcohol also raises your risk of oropharynx cancer. It’s never too late to stop using these substances and lower the risk of serious health problems in the future. Find out more about tobacco use and cancer.
- Robotic surgical techniques offer additional treatment options for patients with oropharyngeal cancer. These procedures may minimize side effects after surgery. We help you decide whether this treatment is the right option for you.
- You may need many tests and treatments. Our team includes a head and neck cancer nurse navigator who coordinates these services for you.
How to talk to your doctor about oropharynx cancer
Receiving an oropharynx cancer diagnosis can leave you with a lot of questions, and we’re here to help. We take time to explain the diagnosis and next steps of your care.
You might want to ask your doctor about:
- Additional testing, such as imaging studies that help us plan precise therapies
- Diagnosis, including where in the oropharynx the cancer is growing and how advanced the cancer is
- Treatments, which may include leading surgical care using robotic technology robotic technology (trans-oral robotic surgery)
- Supportive care, including speech therapy if you experience difficulty swallowing
Our personalized approach means we include your input in vital care decisions. You can bring close friends or loved ones with you to appointments to help you communicate your preferences.