Pharynx cancer

What is pharynx cancer?

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When the tumoral cells are located in the pharynx tissues, it is a pharynx cancer.

The pharynx is a tube-shaped organ which starts behind the nose and goes down the throat until the oesophagus. This organ includes the soft palate, which is the back of the mouth, the base of the tongue and the amygdales. Its function is allowing the entrance of air into the trachea and of food into the oesophagus.

Pharynx cancer includes nasopharynx cancer (superior part of the throat behind the nose), oropharyx cancer (middle part of the pharynx) and hypopharynx cancer (the lower part of the pharynx including the pyriform sinuses).