General Information About Hypopharyngeal Cancer
Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options.
Prognosis (chance of recovery) depends on the following:
- The stage of the cancer (whether it affects part of the hypopharynx, involves the whole hypopharynx, or has spread to other places in the body). Hypopharyngeal cancer is usually detected in later stages because early symptoms rarely occur.
- The patient's age, gender, and general health.
- The location of the cancer.
- Whether the patient smokes during radiation therapy.
Treatment options depend on the following:
- The stage of the cancer.
- Keeping the patient's ability to talk, eat, and breathe as normal as possible.
- The patient's general health.
Patients who have had hypopharyngeal cancer are at an increased risk of developing a second cancer in the head or neck. Frequent and careful follow-up is important.