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Throat Cancer

Cancer of the pharynx (also called pharyngeal or throat cancer) forms in the tissues of the hollow tube inside the neck which starts behind the nose and ends at the top of the windpipe and esophagus. There are three types of throat cancer:

Nasopharyngealx: This cancer originates in the tissues of the upper part of the throat, behind the nose.

Oropharyngeal cancer: This cancer originates in the middle of the throat.

Hypopharyngeal cancer: This cancer originates in the bottom of the throat, above the windpipe.

There is hope, innovation and support available for those with pharyngeal (throat) cancer here at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Patient Care and Treatment
The Head and Neck Oncology Program follows a team approach to care. Our patients with throat cancer have their situation discussed not only by our head and neck oncologists, but also by team surgeons and pathologists. By having everyone involved, a personalized treatment plan is developed. In most cases, this discussion happens the same day as the appointment.

Research and innovation: The Head and Neck Oncology Program received a Specialized Program in Research Excellence (SPORE) grant -- this allows our researchers to explore many different avenues (including stem cell research) to combat this type of cancer. It also means they can quickly move what proves to be successful in the laboratory to patients in the clinic.

Since our program is part of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, our patients have access to Patient Support Services. To fully understand what this means, please take time to visit the support services area of this website. We outline the services available to our patients at every point in their care.

Make an appointment/referral or have your questions answered

Our Patient Care Center is staffed by oncology nurses and is just a phone call away to answer your questions or to assist you in making an appointment. Please call 800-865-1125 or use our appointment request form.

If you would like to refer a patient, please contact our M-Line service: 800-962-3555.

For more information, visit our Make an Appointment web page.

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