Questions About Cancer? 1-800-4-CANCER

Oropharyngeal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®)

Health Professional Version

Stage I and Stage II Oropharyngeal Cancer

Surgery or radiation is equally successful in controlling stage I and stage II oropharyngeal cancer.

Standard treatment options:

  1. Radiation therapy using standard fractionation.
  2. Surgery.

When radiation is given, the careful choice of radiation technique by a radiation oncologist experienced in managing head and neck cancers is essential. The choice of treatment is dictated by the anticipated functional and cosmetic outcome of the treatment options and by the available expertise of the surgeon or radiation therapist. Treatment is individualized for each patient.

Current Clinical Trials

Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with stage I oropharyngeal cancer and stage II oropharyngeal cancer. The list of clinical trials can be further narrowed by location, drug, intervention, and other criteria.

General information about clinical trials is also available from the NCI Web site.

  • Updated: March 24, 2015