Tonsil cancer is a form of throat cancer (oropharyngeal cancer) that affects the tonsils, which are located at the back of your throat. The majority of tonsil cancers are linked with exposure to the human papillomavirus (HPV). Alcohol and tobacco use also are major risk factors for the development of tonsil cancer. Tonsil cancer affects more men than women. Throat cancer, including tonsil cancer, may cause varied symptoms, such as a persistent sore throat, trouble swallowing, or a lump in your throat or neck. An estimated 14.1 million new Tonsil cancer cases and 8.2 million Tonsil cancer deaths occurred in 2012 worldwide in Israel.
“These tumors are curable in most cases if detected relatively early, and the cure rates are quoted around 80 percent — even for advanced stages,” Civantos said. “Patients who test for HPV in their tumor have a better prognosis than other kinds of throat cancer, which are smoking related. The cure rates are higher, 80 percent versus 50 percent.” Also encouraging: the use of robotic surgery with the surgical DaVinci robot. The procedure can remove the tumor with less invasion, quicker recovery and, for some patients like Apollon, they might not require chemo or radiation, which can cause dryness of the throat. 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.