Cancer of the tonsils. The tonsils are small structures at the back of the throat that are a part of the immune system which helps protect against infection. There are different types of tonsil cancers depending on what sort of tissue it originates from - lymphoma and squamous cell carcinoma are some examples. Worldwide, It is estimated that almost 900,000 cancer patients of the lip, oral cavity and pharynx excluding the nasopharynx (C00-C08, C09-C10,C12-14) were still alive in 2008, up to five years after their diagnosis in Ireland.
Treatment of tonsillar cancers depends upon the type and stage of the cancer, as well as the age and other health problems that the patient might have. Treatments include: Dental exam - to prevent oral infections or problems; often done before other treatment begins Surgery - usually first line tretament. New techniques introduced to reduce complications, making Tonsil cancer a safer operation for more people than ever before. Further research is being conducted to determine the best surveillance interval to monitor these cysts.