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Routine Exam Leads to Successful Tonsil Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

When Gary Pearson went in for a routine physical required by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to maintain his commercial driving privileges, he left with much more than a renewed driver?s license. The 58-year-old departed his appointment with an urgent directive from the nurse practitioner that examined him to see his primary care doctor. The [...]

  • Collaboration. At Mayo Clinic, ear, nose and throat specialists (otorhinolaryngologists) form a multidisciplinary team with experts in radiation oncology, oncology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, pathology, radiology, and rehabilitation medicine in order to provide whole-person care for people with tonsil cancer. Other professionals are included as needed.
  • Experience. Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors care for more than 300 people with tonsil cancer. The experience and expertise ensures that your care team is prepared with the knowledge and resources to provide you with exactly the care you need.
  • Access to the latest. Mayo Clinic doctors have access to the latest technology for treating tonsil cancer. Examples include transoral robotic surgery and intensity-modulated radiation therapy.
  • Innovative approach to treatment. Most tonsil cancers diagnosed at Mayo Clinic are associated with human papillomavirus (HPV), which has a profound effect on tonsil cancer prognosis. For this reason, Mayo Clinic doctors test all tonsil cancers for HPV.

    Mayo Clinic doctors are studying new treatment protocols for people with HPV-associated tonsil cancers that reduce the amount of treatment given and lower the risk of treatment side effects, without sacrificing cure rates.

  • A full range of treatment options to consider. 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 tonsil cancer includes surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. You may also choose to enroll in a clinical trial.
  • Comprehensive cancer center. 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.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for ear, nose and throat by U.S. News & World Report.

Nov. 12, 2014