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What is hypopharyngeal cancer?

The pharynx, or throat, is divided into the nasopharynx, oropharynx, and hypopharynx, which is the lowest portion. Hypopharyngeal cancer is a type of cancer that occurs when the cells of the hypopharynx become abnormal and start to grow and divide more quickly than cells in healthy, normal tissue. This abnormal growth usually involves squamous cells, although other cells may be implicated.

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How is hypopharyngeal cancer staged?
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Hypopharyngeal cancer is staged using the TNM staging system where T refers to the primary tumor, N ...
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Are there different types of hypopharyngeal cancer?
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Cancer develops when normal cells change and start to divide and grow too rapidly. The type of cell ...
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How do other illnesses affect hypopharyngeal cancer?
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If you have hypopharyngeal cancer, some of the treatments may increase your risk of infection. In or...
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Is there a cure for hypopharyngeal cancer?
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While there are treatments available for hypopharyngeal cancer, the overall five year survival rate ...
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