"Proton therapy, administered over 6-7 weeks helps reduce the dose to all neighbouring critical structures."


The oropharynx is the upper part of the throat. It has 3 parts, the right and left tonsil, the posterior wall as the posterior part of the tongue, called base tongue.

Cancers of the oropharynx usually present as a lump felt in the throat, foreign body sensation, one sided sore throat and, or deviation of the tongue. Occasionally, they may present as a lump in the upper neck or a change in voice.

Cancers of this region are usually squamous cell cancers. Lymphomas and other types of cancer may also occur rarely. The usual cause in India is the tobacco habit though in other parts of the world, the most common cause is infection by the Human Papilloma virus (HPV). Oropharyngeal cancers caused by HPV infection have better outcomes than tobacco related cancers.



  • Throat pain
  • Ear pain
  • Altered speech
  • Painful swallowing
  • Blood in sputum
  • Bad breath
  • Hoarseness of voice

Winning Over Cancer

Dr. Naveen Hedne, Senior Consultant & Lead - Surgical Oncology talks about managing head & neck cancers during COVID-19. He said head & neck cancers can be easily identified & one should not ignore its symptoms, He further added that APCC is well equipped and ready to treat patients during the pandemic situation.


Mr. Param Gandhi from Surat, Gujarat talks about the Proton Therapy for his father at Apollo Proton Cancer Centre. He also talks about the standard of care and treatment journey while conveying his heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Ghosh, Dr.Sapna, Dr Naveen, Dr.Vidyadharan, Dr.Pradeep and the entire team of Head & Neck Cancer Management for their excellent guidance & support. Wishing Param & his family good health always.


Mr. Kishore Jain from Mumbai talks to us about his brother-in-law who was diagnosed with oral cancer and the treatment he underwent at Apollo Proton Cancer Centre. He thanks Dr.Sapna Nangia, Dr.T.Raja, Dr.Naveen, Dr. S. Vidyadharan and the entire team for their extensive help and making him feel optimistic during the treatment period. He is happy to see his brother-in-law who has recovered and is looking fit & healthy today.


Ms.Pooja from Delhi speaks to us about her family member who was diagnosed with head & neck cancer in February, this was when COVID - 19 was picking up in India. She describes how Dr. Sapna Nangia (Senior Consultant - Radiation Oncology) gave her hope by explaining about Proton Therapy at Apollo Proton Cancer Centre.

While the treatment is still going on, she wants to thank the entire team at APCC for taking care of her travel formalities during this challenging time.


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