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The term “throat cancer” is not very specific. It includes cancers in many different parts of the head and neck area. These areas include the nasopharynx located behind the nose, the oropharynx, which includes the tonsils and base of tongue, as well as the voice box and the inlet to the esophagus.
It was the hoarseness and the overall feeling of tiredness that prompted me to seek out a doctor for some clue about what was going on.Gordon O. (laryngeal cancer survivor)
An overview of the basics of throat cancer.Laryngopharyngeal Cancers
This section discusses hypopharyngeal cancer (lower throat), cervical esophageal cancer (top part of the esophagus) and laryngeal cancer (voice box) in greater detail.Nasopharyngeal Cancers
This article covers nasopharyngeal cancers (part of throat located behind the nose) in detail.Oropharyngeal Cancers
This section discusses soft palate cancer (roof of the mouth), tongue base cancer (back of tongue) and tonsil cancer in greater detail.
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