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Conditions We Treat: Oropharyngeal Cancer

Oropharyngeal Cancer affects the structures in the back of the throat, including the base of tongue, palatine tonsils, posterior pharyngeal wall and soft palate.  Cancer of the oropharynx is usually found in tobacco users or patients with human papilloma virus.

Oropharyngeal Cancer: What You Need to Know

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  • There are many different types of cancers of the oropharynx, but the most common are squamous cell carcinomas.
  • Squamous cell carcinomas can be divided into two types, HPV-positive and HPV-negative, which are usually linked to tobacco use.
  • There are about 15,000 new cases of oropharyngeal cancer each year, with the vast majority being HPV-positive.

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Why Choose Johns Hopkins for Oropharyngeal Cancer?

Johns Hopkins Head and Neck Cancer Center Doctors

Our Physicians

Dr. David Eisele

Our Patient Education

Dr. David Eisele and Dr. Wayne Koch discuss the multidisciplinary and collaborative nature of the head and neck cancer team as well as the team’s clinical, surgical and research advancements.

Watch this video and learn more about the Head and Neck Cancer Center.

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Our Services

Dr. Wayne Koch, director of the Head and Neck Cancer Surgery Center, answers commonly asked questions about transoral robotic surgery (TORS), including how patients benefit from TORS, how to determine whether you are a candidate for this surgery and what you can expect during recovery.

Watch this video to learn more about transoral robotic surgery.
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive  Cancer Center

Our Multidisciplinary Approach

The Department of Otolaryngology works with the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center in a multidisciplinary approach to ensure the highest quality patient care and innovative research.

Learn more about the multidisciplinary head and neck cancer team at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.