To diagnose soft palate cancer, a doctor might examine the mouth and throat with a mirror or with a tiny camera. A sample of a suspicious growth might be cut away and sent to a lab for testing. Other tests might include imaging tests like CT, MRI, and PET.


Treatment for soft palate cancer usually involves surgery to remove the cancer. Sometimes the operation also involves removing lymph nodes from the neck. Other treatments might include chemotherapy with strong drugs and radiation therapy with high-powered energy beams. After treatment, specialists can help if you have problems with speaking and swallowing.