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Conditions We Treat: Laryngeal Cancer and Hypopharyngeal Cancer

Laryngeal cancer is a disease in which cancerous cells are found in the tissues of the larynx or voice box. Hypopharyngeal cancer presents at the bottom of the pharynx.  The voice box stays open for breathing and closes to swallow and make sound, and symptoms of laryngeal cancer and hypopharyngeal cancer can affect all three functions of the voice box.

Laryngeal Cancer and Hypopharyngeal Cancer: What You Need to Know

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  • Small laryngeal cancer that is detected early usually presents with hoarseness, but it is less likely to cancer spread to lymph nodes. The prognosis is favorable due to the early detection.
  • Other symptoms of laryngeal cancer and hypopharyngeal cancer include difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing, pain in the ear that is not alleviated with antibiotics, stridor (abnormal, high-pitched sound coming from the voice box), unexplained weight loss and a neck mass.
  • Laryngeal cancer and hypopharyngeal cancer are usually associated with smoking and alcohol use.

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Why Choose Johns Hopkins for Laryngeal Cancer or Hypopharyngeal Cancer?

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Our Physicians

Dr. David Eisele

Our Patient Education

Dr. David Eisele and Dr. Wayne Koch discuss the multidisciplinary and collaborative nature of the head and neck cancer team as well as the team’s clinical, surgical and research advancements.

Watch this video and learn more about the Head and Neck Cancer Center.



Dr. David Eisele

Our Services

Dr. Wayne Koch, director of the Head and Neck Cancer Surgery Center, answers commonly asked questions about transoral robotic surgery (TORS), including how patients benefit from TORS, how to determine whether you are a candidate for this surgery and what you can expect during recovery.

Watch this video to learn more about transoral robotic surgery.


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Our Multidisciplinary Approach

The Department of Otolaryngology works with the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center in a multidisciplinary approach to ensure the highest quality patient care and innovative research.

Learn more about the multidisciplinary head and neck cancer team at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.