Pharynx Cancer

Prolife Cancer Centre – Throat Cancer Treatment in Pune

What is Throat cancer?

The oropharynx is often just called the throat (pharynx). The oropharynx is the space in the back of the mouth, sometimes called the back of the throat. The base of the tongue, parts of the tonsil, the back of the soft palate, and the uvula are all located in the oropharynx. Oropharynx cancer refers to cancerous tumors that develop in your throat (pharynx), voice box (larynx) or tonsils. Your throat is a muscular tube that begins behind your nose and ends in your neck. Dr. Sumit Shah is one of the best Oncologist in Pune, provides the Throat Cancer Treatment in Pune.

Throat Cancer Risk Factors

The exact cause of pharyngeal cancer is not known. Some factors that can increase your risk of throat cancer include:

  • Tobacco use, including smoking and chewing tobacco
  • Excessive alcohol
  • A sexually transmitted virus called human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • A diet lacking in fruits and vegetables
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Exposure to the Epstein-Barr virus increases the risk of developing pharyngeal cancer.
  • Cooking salt-cured fish and meat releases a chemical called nitrosamine which might increase the risk of developing the disease.

What are the symptoms of Throat Cancer?

One of the first symptoms of throat cancer is a painless lump in the upper neck.

Signs of Throat (Pharynx) cancer may include:

  • Cough
  • Change in voice, hoarseness or not speaking clearly
  • Swelling of the neck
  • Ear pain, Facial pain
  • Nosebleeds
  • Tinnitus (Ringing in the ears), Changes in hearing
  • Nasal congestion (a blocked nose)
  • Persistent headache
  • A lump or sore that doesn’t heal
  • A sore throat
  • Weight loss

These symptoms are also common in non-cancerous conditions. Most people with these symptoms do not have cancer of the pharynx.

If you see any symptoms of throat cancer then meet Dr. Sumit Shah, provides the best Throat Cancer Treatment in Pune.

Book Appointment


    Quick Contact

    • Address 557A1/15C Gultekadi, Market Yard Pune, Maharashtra 411037
    • Phone +91-9607079019, +91-9607079029

    How can it be diagnosed?

    The specialist will inspect your mouth, throat, ears. He will use a tiny lighted mirror to check your pharynx. The doctor will pass a tiny bendable tube with a light at the end (flexible endoscope) into the nostril to look at the back of the nose. A local anesthetic spray might be used to numb your nose and throat. You will be instructed not to eat or drink anything for an hour afterwards, or until your throat is no longer numb.

    If a tumor is assumed, the doctor will take a biopsy and a pathologist will examine the tissue under a microscope.

    The doctor may also order other tests:

    • Blood tests
    • X-ray
    • CT scan
    • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
    • PET scan

    Stages of Pharynx Cancer

    There are 5 stages of Throat cancer. It is divided from range 0 to 4:

    Stage 0

    The tumor is only on the top layer of cells of the affected part of the throat.

    Stage I:

    The tumor is less than 2 cm and limited to the part of the throat where it started.

    Stage II: 

    The tumor is between 2 and 4 cm or may have grown into a nearby area.

    Stage III:

    The tumor is larger than 4 cm or has grown into other structures in the throat or has spread to one lymph node.

    Stage IV:

    The tumor has spread to the lymph nodes or distant organs.

    What are the treatment options for Throat cancer?

    Your throat cancer treatment at Prolife may include one or more of the following therapies:

    1. Surgery

    In most cases, surgery is only needed if the tumor reappears after chemoradiation treatment.

    If the tumor is minute, the surgeon can perform transoral laser microsurgery. The patient is given anesthesia before the operation begins. The laser is injected into the mouth and the beam from the laser is used to excise the tumor. Dr. Sumit Shah provides the best Laparoscopic Surgery in Pune.

    1. Chemotherapy

    Chemotherapy is prescribed for different reasons. Together with radiotherapy as an alternative to surgery (called chemoradiation). After surgery to decrease the risk of the cancer returning or to slow the growth of a tumor and control symptoms when the cancer cannot be cured (palliative treatment).

    1. Radiation therapy

    Radiation therapy, including intensity modulated radiation therapy, stops cancer cells from dividing and slows the growth of the tumor. Radiotherapy also destroys cancer cells and can shrink or eliminate tumors. Radiation therapy involves 5-6 weeks of daily treatments.

    After Treatment: Reconstruction and Rehabilitation

    Healing from Surgery

    Most people who have throat cancer surgery heal without any problems. These people go home within a week. A fewer number of patients may have a slower recovery and need to wait for a little more.

    A surgeon will give you guidance on how to take care of yourself, including your surgery, bathing, driving, and sexual activity. There will be information about yourself:

    • Diet
    • Exercise
    •  Pain medicine

    After Treatment, you will be given a Daily Goals Checklist. Use that checklist to understand how you are doing every day.

    Your Daily Goals Checklist

    While you are in the hospital, you will have regular aims to help you recover. These aims include:

    • Controlling your neck movement.
    • Eating and drinking
    • Controlling your pain

    Follow-up appointments

    After you’ve completed your treatments for Pharynx cancer, follow-up care is very essential. Routine checkups can help find any changes in your health, and if cancer comes back (or “recurs”), it can be treated as soon as possible.

    If your treatment has finished, follow-up appointments maybe every 3−6 months for the first couple of years and 6−12 months for the following 3 years.

    Throat (Pharynx) Cancer Statistics

    Cancers of the lip and oral cavity, larynx, oropharynx, hypopharynx, and salivary glands are the 16th, 21st, 24th, 25th and 28th most common cancers worldwide, respectively. The top 25 countries with the highest rates of these cancers in 2018 are given in the tables below.

    Combined, these cancers make up mouth, pharynx and larynx (MPL) cancers, and there were over 750,000 new cases of these in 2018.

    This year, an estimated 53,000 adults (38,140 men and 14,860 women) diagnosed with oral and oropharyngeal cancer. Rates of these cancers are more than twice as high in men as in women. … It is estimated that 10,860 deaths (7,970 men and 2,890 women) from these 2 diseases will occur this year.

    Why choose Prolife Cancer Centre for Your Pharynx Cancer Care?

    At Prolife Cancer Center, your throat cancer treatment is personalized to give the best results, while concentrating on your quality of life. We offer minimally invasive laparoscopic surgeries that provide successful treatment with less impact on you.

    Specialized Pharynx Cancer Treatments

    Prolife offers unique options. Our globally renowned team of physicians shows your treatment for the most benefit while reducing the impact on your body.

    Dr. Sumit Shah is expertise in treating pharynx cancer. We offer the best Laparoscopic surgery treatment for pharynx cancer also chemotherapy and radiation therapy options.

    Google Reviews

    Based on 186 reviews
    Patil Patil
    Patil Patil
    Prolife Cancer Centre & Research Institute is one of the best hospitals for cancer treatment in Pune. I visited Prolife Cancer Centre & Research Institute during June 2022 since my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. We first consulted Dr. Sumit Shah. After reviewing the reports, he suggested Surgery and by Chemotherapy followed treatment. I am very thankful to Dr. Sumit Shah since he helped us in each and every aspect during the entire course of treatment. He is a great doctor and more than that a very good human being. No words would be enough for us to thank him. I would also like to thank Dr. Sumit Shah for successfully operating my mother. Dr. Sumit Shah has given new life to my mother and happiness to our family.
    Anant Ghule
    Anant Ghule
    Me Mr.Anant Ghule age 50 yrs, Life does not stop because of cancer, I realized after Dr. Sumit Shah of Prolife Cancer Center Hospital spoke, Sumit Shah explained that if we have patience and determination we can overcome cancer. my diagnosed oral cancer and met Dr. Sumit Shah Sir, treatment for oral cancer in the hospital and now is living a normal life. I truly thank Dr. Sumit Shah and his staff at Prolife Cancer Center & Research Institute.
    Suresh Patil
    Suresh Patil
    Prolife Cancer Center & Research Institute Dr. Sumit Shah is one of the best doctors I have ever met.He is not only very knowledgeable but also very humble and polite.He also gave his personal contact number and was always available whenever we needed him. He also gives proper attention to each and every patient.I feel blessed to have met a doctor like him. Thank you so much sir for all your help and support.
    Arifa Khan
    Arifa Khan
    The profession of doctor comes with a big responsibilities. Dr Sumeet did a great job with my first ever health examination. He explained to me in a very clear manner. My critical surgery was carried out very smoothly. The staff members were also helpful and kind. I am so glad I chose Dr Sumit for my treatment and would highly recommend to anyone.
    We visited Dr Sumit to consult about a mole that was on my daughter's knee. We were scared as the first doctor we consulted had informed as it was squamous carcinoma. But Dr Sumit assured us that it was nothing much to worry about and explained us everything. The way he explained made us feel at ease and the surgery also went very smoothly. We will surely recommend him as he is one of the best doctor in this field.
    Koustubh Kulkarni
    Koustubh Kulkarni
    We are highly thankful to Doctor Shah and his entire team for the way out , efforts and care that they have taken for my father. My father suffered a condition of Oral cancer which involved a maxillofacial operative treatment. But thanks to god for having Doctor Shah sir for our aide. The entire facility and up system have been on the toes to take care of rhe patient and I observed it about all other contemporary patients as well. Also, the entire journey of physical, psychological healing was taken and lead by Doctor shah sir as a friend philosopher and guide. I firstly pray that nobody faces such a condition as we did. But if so with someone, me and my family suggests the name of Prolife Cancer Centre’s team and Doctor Shah
    Doctor Sumit Shah is a wonderful doctor and human being. I brought my mother to him for treatment and he has dealt the problem in the most effective manner. He and his team at his hospital have supported and helped my mother to improve a lot. I thank doctor Sumit and his hospital staff for this tremendous support .
    Snehdeep Jadhav
    Snehdeep Jadhav
    Hi, I am Snehdeep I have took my mother to Prolife in last week. Last week she had biopsy and Dr.Sumit Sir started her treatment from first day. From last week to this week she has improved her intake and seems energetic comparatively. I m very glad to come here for her treatment. She feels very positive while getting treatment From Dr. Sumit Sir. Staff of hospital is very attentive and responsible from Assistant Dr. to Helpers.Thanking you for Dr.Sumit shah and your entire team

    Choose Your Hospital, Choose The Best Care For Yourself