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6.10 Hypopharynx

​ Updated: May 2003

The anatomical sites of the hypopharynx are the pyriform fossae, postcricoid region and posterior pharyngeal wall. Most are squamous cell carcinomas.

T1-2 NO Lesions.

These will normally be treated by radiation with surgery for salvage of radiation failure.

T3-4 NO-N3 Lesions

These patients require a multidisciplinary assessment. Options include:

  1. Radiation using either a twice daily or concurrent chemotherapy-radiation regimen.
  2. Combined treatment with:
    1. preoperative radiation
    2. primary surgery with postoperative radiation

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