What are the signs and symptoms?

The signs and symptoms of hypopharyngeal cancer depend on where the cancer is, its size and how far it has spread in the body. 

Common signs and symptoms include:

  • hoarseness of voice

  • pain on swallowing

  • difficulty swallowing

  • sore throat or pain in the ears (particularly on one side)

  • a lump in the neck (swollen lymph nodes or glands) 

  • noisy or difficult breathing.

Some people with hypopharyngeal cancer may not experience any symptoms at all. However if you have any of these symptoms for more than a few weeks, talk to your doctor as early as possible. They may be able to help diagnose and treat you.