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Cancer of the Hypopharynx Staging

Staging is the process of determining whether cancer has spread and, if so, how far. It is important to know the stage of the disease in order to plan treatment.

What Are the Stages of Hypopharyngeal Cancer?

Two doctors discuss the stages of hypopharyngeal cancer
A doctor  will conduct tests to determine the
stage of hypopharyngeal cancer, which is then
used develop an appropriate treatment plan.

The following stages are used for hypopharyngeal cancer:

Stage 0 (Carcinoma in Situ)

In stage 0, abnormal cells are found in the lining of the hypopharynx. These abnormal cells may become cancer and spread into nearby normal tissue. Stage 0 is also called carcinoma in situ.

Stage I

In stage I, cancer has formed in one area of the hypopharynx only and/or the tumor is 2 centimeters or smaller.

Stage II

In stage II, the tumor is either:

Stage III

In stage III, the tumor:

Stage IV

Stage IV is divided into stage IVA, IVB, and IVC as follows:

Recurrent Hypopharyngeal Cancer

Recurrent hypopharyngeal cancer is cancer that has recurred (come back) after it has been treated. The cancer may come back in the hypopharynx or in other parts of the body.

 

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