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What are the stages of hypopharyngeal cancer?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Hypopharyngeal cancer is staged 0 to IV. Stage 0 cancer has not invaded any local tissue or spread to lymph nodes or distant organs. Stage I cancer is more invasive locally, but has not spread to lymph nodes or distant organs. Stage II is more invasive locally than stage I. Stage III cancer is either more invasive locally than stage II, or it has spread to lymph nodes. Stage IV is divided into A, B, and C. Stage IVA cancer is more extensive than stage III, but has not spread to distant organs or tissues. Stage IVB cancer is more extensive than stage IVA and stage IVC is the most advanced. At this stage, the cancer has metastasized.

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