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Signs and Symptoms of Hypopharyngeal Cancer

Hypopharyngeal cancer is a type of head and neck cancer that is very rare. It is a cancer of the hypopharynx, which is the area where the larynx and the esophagus meet. Hypopharyngeal cancer is a type of mucosal squamous cell carcinoma, and it is common to find several tumors in the same area where the hypopharynx is located. We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of hypopharyngeal cancer below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Signs and Symptoms of Hypopharyngeal Cancer are as follows:

  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • A lump in the throat
  • Painful swallowing
  • Voice changes
  • Sore throat in one area that does not go away
  • Weight loss due to difficulty swallowing food
  • Pain that radiates from the throat to the ears
  • Having Plummer-Vinson syndrome
  • Nutritional deficiencies of certain vitamins

Excessive use of tobacco, including chewing tobacco, as well as excessive use of alcohol are risk factors for hypopharyngeal cancer. Hypopharyngeal cancer is very rare, and thus it is difficult to catch the signs and symptoms of hypopharyngeal cancer in its earliest stages. Hypopharyngeal cancer occurs more often in men, and it is more common in Europe and India. Children rarely get hypopharyngeal cancer.

Diagnosis of Hypopharyngeal Cancer

A diagnosis of hypopharyngeal cancer is made through a thorough examination of the throat with an endoscope or bronchoscope. A biopsy of the area may be taken. A CT scan or an MRI can give doctors a detailed view of what is happening in that particular area.

Books For People With Signs and Symptoms of Hypopharyngeal Cancer

The Official Patient’s Sourcebook on Hypopharyngeal Cancer: A Revised and Updated Directory for the Internet Age
Icon Health Publications
21st Century Ultimate Medical Guide to Hypopharyngeal Cancer – Authoritative, Practical Clinical Information for Physicians and Patients, Treatment Options (Two CD-ROM Set)
PM Medical Health News

Head and Neck Cancer: An Evidence-Based Team Approach
Eric Genden
Head and Neck Cancer Imaging (Medical Radiology / Diagnostic Imaging)
Robert Hermans

Hypopharyngeal Cancer Resources

General Patient Resources

  • National Cancer Institute

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of hypopharyngeal cancer.

  • American Cancer Society

Hypopharyngeal Cancer. Whether you (or a loved one) are worried about developing laryngeal or hypopharyngeal cancer, have just been diagnosed, are going through treatment, or are trying to stay well after treatment, this Detailed Guide and Overview can help you find the answers you need.

  • WD

Hypopharyngeal cancer information including symptoms, diagnosis, misdiagnosis, treatment, causes, patient stories, videos, forums, prevention, and prognosis.

  • Fox Chase Cancer Center

Expert-reviewed information summary about the treatment of hypopharyngeal cancer.

  • US Oncology

Get an overview, a list of symptoms, and information about common treatments for laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancer.

  • MD Junction

Hypopharyngeal Cancer Forums. Discussions, Q&A and friends dealing with Hypopharyngeal Cancer.

  • Experience Project

Forums and message board for the experience group I Have Hypopharyngeal Cancer. Post in discussion forums and talk with a community of people like you.

Medical Resources

  • Web MD

General Information about hypopharyngeal cancer.