Throat cancer care at Mayo Clinic

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Doctors at Mayo Clinic provide care for you as a whole person. They take the time to get to know you to provide exactly the care you need.

At Mayo Clinic, ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists work with medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, and oral and maxillofacial surgeons and rehabilitation medicine specialists to provide comprehensive care. Other professionals are included as needed.

Your Mayo Clinic doctor also coordinates access to the Mayo patient and health education center and Mayo Clinic Palliative Care Consulting Service, which focuses on providing relief from pain and other symptoms caused by cancer or cancer treatment.

A full range of treatment options

Mayo Clinic doctors 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 throat cancer includes a variety of surgical procedures from minimally invasive to extensive excisions with full reconstruction. Radiation, chemotherapy and targeted therapy also are provided.

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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.

Nationally recognized expertise

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

The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

  1. Quick Action Paves the Way for Healing and Recovery

    In their quest for clear answers and an accurate diagnosis, an Illinois couple received prompt attention and compassionate care at Mayo Clinic. When Keith Kuzelka arrived at Mayo Clinic in August 2016, he was shocked to learn he had a form of throat cancer called HPV-related oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. Just days earlier, he and [...]

  2. Persistent Sore Throat Leads to Life-Saving Care

    When George Campbell was told his nagging sore throat was actually cancer, he could have stayed near home for treatment. Instead, he chose to pack up and drive 1,000 miles to Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus based on a friend's positive experience there. George Campbell thought he just had a sore throat. But when the pain [...]

  3. Treatment for Throat Cancer Gives Dentist New Point of View

    After undergoing robotic surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy as part of a clinical trial to treat cancer, Bruce Trulson has gained a new understanding of how he can better care for his own patients. In 2015, after nearly 40 years of practicing dentistry, Bruce Trulson, D.D.S., gained new insight into how to care for his [...]

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic doctors with a patient A team approach

Mayo Clinic doctors with training in a wide array of specialties collaborate as a multidisciplinary team to provide coordinated, comprehensive care.

  • Experience. Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors care for nearly 1,400 people with throat cancer. This experience means your doctors are equipped with the knowledge and resources to provide you with the best care.
  • Innovative surgical techniques. Mayo Clinic has the experience level and technology to use minimally invasive transoral robotic surgery to treat throat cancer. Doctors at Mayo Clinic helped develop this surgical approach.

    Mayo Clinic also offers transoral laser microsurgery for certain voice box cancers.

  • Latest in radiation therapy techniques. At Mayo Clinic, you receive state-of-the-art radiation therapy alone or in combination with chemotherapy or surgery. Radiation oncologists tailor treatment sessions for each person.

    Radiation oncologists also use advanced treatments, including proton therapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), stereotactic radiosurgery and brachytherapy to deliver precise doses of radiation to tumors with minimal exposure to surrounding normal tissue.

  • Dedicated to research. Mayo Clinic doctors are committed to continuously seeking innovative ways to reduce posttreatment side effects and improving overall quality of life for people.

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

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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Aug. 11, 2018