Our Approach To Hypopharyngeal Cancer

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Hypopharyngeal cancer develops in the hypopharynx, the bottom part of the throat. The hypopharynx is a short, hollow structure that sits to the side of and behind the voice box. It moves food and liquid from the throat into the esophagus, the muscular tube that carries these contents into the stomach.


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NYU Langone head and neck surgeons at the Head and Neck Center, part of the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center, have extensive experience diagnosing and managing this form of cancer. Our surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists collaborate to create a treatment plan based on the location of the tumor, its size, and how far it has spread. The goal is to find the right combination of treatments to destroy hypopharyngeal cancer while preserving organ function.

Hypopharyngeal cancer and its treatment may affect your ability to swallow. Our speech and swallowing therapists may be an important part of your care. Integrative health therapies and psychological support are also available throughout treatment.

Treatment at NYU Langone

Surgery and radiation therapy are the mainstays of treatment for people with hypopharyngeal cancer. Chemotherapy may sometimes accompany these treatments. Often, our physicians combine chemotherapy with radiation therapy in an approach called chemoradiation.

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