Tonsil cancer

Cancer of the tonsil develops in the part of the throat just behind your mouth, called the oropharynx. It is a type of head and neck cancer.


What is tonsil cancer?

Get information on what tonsil cancer is and what the risk factors for this type of cancer are.

Treating tonsil cancer

The main treatments for tonsil cancer are surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Your treatment depends on how far your cancer has grown and whether it has spread.

Last reviewed: 
09 Dec 2021
Next review due: 
09 Dec 2024
Coronavirus and cancer

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