- Hypopharynx cancer might include any of the following symptoms:
- A sore throat that does not go away
- Persistent ear pain
- A lump in the neck
- Painful or difficult swallowing
- A change in voice
- Many people have no symptoms
How is Hypopharyngeal Cancer treated?
After someone is diagnosed with hypopharyngeal cancer, doctors will try to figure out if it has spread, and if so, how far. This process is called staging. The stage of a cancer describes how much cancer is in the body. It helps determine how serious the cancer is and how best to treat it. Doctors also use a cancer's stage when talking about survival statistics.
The earliest stage of hypopharyngeal cancer is stage 0, also known as carcinoma in situ (CIS). The other main stages range from I (1) through IV (4). Some stages also use capital letters (A, B, etc.). As a rule, the lower the number, the less the cancer has spread. A higher number, such as stage IV, means cancer has spread more. Although each person’s cancer experience is unique, cancers with similar stages tend to have a similar outlook and are often treated in much the same way.