Tonsil cancer is a popular type of cancer occurring on the throat. It occurs commonly in either side of the throat which is called palatine tonsils. Another form of tonsils is called pharyngeal tonsillitis which is formed behind the nose and yet another type of tonsils called lingual tonsils which are formed at the back portion of the tongue. Very often the tonsil cancer is caused by squamous cell type which is seen in the tissue lining of the mouth. The major causes for tonsil cancer is smoking and drinking alcohol. Smoking increases the squamous cells (carcinogenic) considerably. Some of the symptoms of tonsil cancer are bad breath, bleeding of throat, difficulty in talking and eating
Treatment of tonsil cancer is by chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Early stages of cancer can be cured by radiation method and more advanced types of cancer are treated by chemotherapy method. In severe cases, surgery is done to remove the tonsils and further reconstructive surgery is done for restoring the functions of the structure.
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