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Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer of the Hypopharynx

The hypopharynx can generally be thought of as the bottom part of the throat. In North America, between 65 and 85 percent of hypopharyngeal cancers arise in the pyriform sinuses (one of three substructures of the hypopharynx).

Like all head and neck cancers, cancer of the hypopharynx is rare. For example, only about 2,500 people per year are diagnosed in the United States. In addition, hypopharyngeal cancer tends to be aggressive and to metastasize early.

Therefore, it is especially important to be treated by physicians like those at the Stanford Cancer Center who have hands-on experience treating this kind of cancer.

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