With early diagnosis of soft palate cancer, treatment is often successful. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history and give you a physical exam, including an examination of your soft palate using a mirror or fiber-optic instrument. Your doctor may take a sample of tissue (biopsy) if it appears abnormal so that a pathologist can examine it under a microscope.
X-rays and other imaging tests help to identify soft palate cancer and to determine if the cancer has spread beyond the surface of the soft palate. In tests that involve radiation, specialists carefully monitor doses to avoid the risk of radiation overexposure. Your doctor will decide which of the imaging tests below are most appropriate for you.