Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic doctors are widely respected for their experience and expertise in diagnosing and treating tonsil cancers.

Your Mayo Clinic care team

At Mayo Clinic, ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists (otorhinolaryngologists) work as a team with radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, dietitians and plastic surgeons to care for people with soft palate cancer. Other professionals are included as needed. A multidisciplinary clinic run by ENT surgeons specializing in head and neck cancer is conducted weekly to provide comprehensive care for people with tonsil and palate cancers.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Mayo Clinic doctors have access to the latest treatment technology. For instance, Mayo Clinic surgeons may use transoral robotic surgery to remove soft palate cancers. Mayo Clinic radiation oncologists use highly focused radiation techniques, such as intensity-modulated radiation therapy, to target cancer cells.

Mayo Clinic doctors will work with you to review all of your treatment options and choose the treatment that best suits your needs and goals. The range of treatments offered to people with soft palate cancer includes radiation, chemotherapy and several surgical procedures, including minimally invasive and traditional operations.

Nationally ranked expertise

Mayo Clinic doctors have extensive experience diagnosing and treating soft palate cancer. Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors care for about 20 people with soft palate cancer.

The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, which recognizes scientific excellence and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Aug. 23, 2017
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