This cancer forms in one of three portions of the pharynx, which is one of the structures within the neck.
In addition to all major cancer screening and diagnosis methods, we also offer these techniques when testing for hyphopharyngeal cancer:
- Positron Emission Tomography (PET Scan) – A procedure to find malignant tumor cells in the body
- Barium Esophagogram – An x-ray of the esophagus
- Endoscopy – A procedure used to look at areas in the throat that cannot be seen with a mirror during the physical exam
- Esophagoscopy – A procedure used to look inside the esophagus to check for abnormal areas
- Bronchoscopy – A procedure used to look inside the trachea and large airways in the lung to check for abnormal areas
Surgery is the most common treatment for all stages of hypopharyngeal cancer. Surgical techniques may include:
- Removing the entire voice box and part of the throat
- Removing part of the voice box and part of the throat
- Removing the lymph nodes and other tissues in the neck
Radiation and chemotherapy are also common treatment options. Your care team will work with you to determine the exact course of treatment. Learn more about treatment options.