Throat cancer care at Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic doctors provide expert, personalized care for people with throat cancer.

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Mayo Clinic specialists work as a multidisciplinary team to provide comprehensive care for those with throat cancer.

Your throat cancer treatment team may include head and neck surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, physical therapists and speech-language therapists. Other providers are included as needed.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

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 surgery to extensive excisions with full reconstruction. Radiation, chemotherapy and targeted therapy also are provided.

Mayo Clinic head and neck surgeons have the experience 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.

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.

Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic doctors are respected for the excellent care they provide for people with throat cancer.

  • Experience treating throat cancer. Each year, Mayo Clinic doctors care for more than 1,300 people with throat cancer. This experience means your doctors are equipped with the knowledge and resources to provide you with the best care.
  • Expert cancer care. 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 Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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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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Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.