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Pharyngeal Cancer

What is the pharynx?

The pharynx is a tube-like passageway, about 5 inches long, and is often referred to as the throat. The purpose of the pharynx is to allow air and food to pass to the trachea and esophagus.

What is pharyngeal cancer?

Cancer of the pharynx is an uncommon cancer and is generally diagnosed as a malignant tumor in the passageway that leads from the back of the nose to the esophagus.

Risk factors for this cancer include heavy smoking, and heavy consumption of alcohol. This cancer is more common in men than in women. This cancer can occur in the upper, mid, or bottom region of the pharynx.

Signs and symptoms of pharyngeal cancer

Individual with pharyngeal cancer (cancer of the pharynx) can have different signs and symptoms based on stage and location of cancer. This cancer tends to grow silently and is not usually diagnosed until later stage. Symptoms could include:

  • Hoarseness / sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Coughing up phlegm with bloody discharge
  • Lump in throat

Traditional treatment options for pharyngeal cancer

Although not often indicated for pharyngeal cancer, surgery can be used to control small cancer lesions. Treatment options could also include the use of toxic medicines. Your doctor may suggest:

  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy

Radiation therapy may be considered an option for some pharyngeal cancer patients. Radiation therapy is used in an attempt to destroy cancerous cells and cause a reduction in tumor size. It is most often used for pharyngeal cancer that has metastasized. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy are often performed simultaneously.

Death and mortality statistics for pharyngeal cancer

  • Diagnosis is commonly made in patients 60 – 70 years of age
  • The five year relative survival rate for pharyngeal cancer is approximately 52%

Hope4Cancer Institute treatment program for pharyngeal cancer

Pharyngeal Cancer is a very stressful diagnosis and your healthcare team understands this. At Hope4Cancer Institute we will make every effort to keep you up to date and comfortable with your diagnosis, options, and treatment. We work with you to ensure that every aspect of your pharyngeal cancer treatment program is successful. The recommendations your healthcare team make to you will be for the most effective alternative treatments.

Individual treatment plans will vary. Hope4Cancer Institute optimizes your pharyngeal cancer treatment program by integrating our therapies which could include:

  • Sono-Photo-Dynamic Therapy
  • Hope4Cancer Therapy - Poly-MVA, Vitamin C
  • Nutrition Therapy
  • Whole Body Detoxification
  • Anti/fungal microbial Therapy
  • Ozone Therapy
  • Support Therapy

Our therapies can help to reduce cancer related side effects and improve your overall quality of life.

Our innovative approach to cancer treatment focuses not only on the disease, but on the patient's mind, body, and spirit.

If you are looking for a cancer of the pharynx treatment program that treats more than just your cancer, Hope4Cancer Institute is the place for you. Call us today 888-544-5993. Our patient liaison is waiting to tell you more about our innovative approach to pharyngeal cancer treatment.


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