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    Oropharyngeal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - Treatment Options by Stage

    Stage I Oropharyngeal Cancer

    Treatment of stage I oropharyngeal cancer may include the following:

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    Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with stage I oropharyngeal cancer. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. Talk with your doctor about clinical trials that may be right for you. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

    Stage II Oropharyngeal Cancer

    Treatment of stage II oropharyngeal cancer may include the following:

    • Radiation therapy (external radiation therapy and/or internal radiation therapy).
    • Surgery.

    Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with stage II oropharyngeal cancer. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. Talk with your doctor about clinical trials that may be right for you. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

    Stage III Oropharyngeal Cancer

    Treatment of stage III oropharyngeal cancer may include the following:

    • Surgery followed by radiation therapy. Chemotherapy also may be given at the same time as radiation therapy.
    • Radiation therapy (external radiation therapy with or without internal radiation therapy) for cancers of the base of the tongue or tonsil that cannot be removed by surgery.
    • Chemotherapy given at the same time as radiation therapy.
    • A clinical trial of chemotherapy followed by surgery or radiation therapy.
    • A clinical trial of chemotherapy given at the same time as radiation therapy.

    Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with stage III oropharyngeal cancer. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. Talk with your doctor about clinical trials that may be right for you. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.

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