Oral Cavity or Throat Cancer Symptoms

Oral cavity and throat cancer symptoms vary, depending on the region in which the cancer originates. Oral cavity and oropharynx cancers are often discovered during routine exams conducted by a dentist, doctor, oral hygienist or through self-examination, so they are commonly found early when treatment options are wide-ranging. Cancers of the larynx and hypopharynx – the region of the throat in and around the voice box – can be difficult to find and diagnose without the use of complex tests. These cancers are relatively rare, but occasionally cause symptoms that can lead doctors to a throat cancer diagnosis.

Signs of throat cancer

Symptoms of oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancers may include:

  • A sore in the mouth that won’t heal
  • Pain in the mouth that doesn’t dissipate
  • A lump in the cheek
  • White or red patches on the gums, tongue, tonsils or elsewhere inside the mouth
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Numbness within the mouth

Laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancers may be associated with symptoms such as:

  • Hoarseness or voice changes
  • A persistent sore throat
  • Constant coughing
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Ear pain
  • A lump or mass in the neck

Oral cavity and throat cancer treatment at Moffitt Cancer Center

Moffitt Cancer Center’s Head and Neck Cancer Program provides individualized treatment plans developed by a multispecialty team of experts. Our collaborative tumor board meets weekly to discuss each patient’s case, always focusing special attention on preservation of function, quality of life, rehabilitation and patient education. We are dedicated to providing the most advanced, effective head and neck cancer treatments available while also offering compassionate care. Moffitt is the only cancer center based in Florida to have received the prestigious Comprehensive Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute – a testament to our unwavering commitment to excellence in cancer treatment, research and patient care.

Contact Moffitt Cancer Center’s Head and Neck Cancer Program by calling 1-888-663-3488 or by filling out our online patient registration form to make an appointment to discuss the specifics of your oral cavity or throat cancer symptoms. You never need a referral to consult with our oncologists specializing in oral cavity and throat cancer.