Laryngeal and Hypopharyngeal Cancer

Expert throat cancer treatment in San Diego

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Expert throat cancer treatment in San Diego

Scripps is a leader in caring for people with laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancers, commonly known as throat cancers. Our oncology specialists treat these cancers with advanced therapies designed to eliminate disease and prevent recurrence, including minimally invasive surgery that uses small incisions, potentially resulting in shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery.


Our multidisciplinary, collaborative board of cancer specialists reviews complex care plans to ensure patients receive the best possible care from diagnosis to recovery.

Laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancer treatment

Laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancers are cancers that start in the throat. Laryngeal cancer develops in the section of the throat called the larynx, also known as the voice box. The larynx contains the vocal cords and is used for speaking, breathing and swallowing. Hypopharyngeal cancer develops in the lower section of the throat (pharynx), below and behind the larynx.


As with other head and neck cancers, laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancers may be treated with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or a combination of these. Your Scripps cancer care team will customize your treatment plan based on several factors, including:


  • The stage of your cancer
  • Whether your cancer has spread
  • Your age and overall health

Laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancer treatment locations

Scripps diagnoses and treats laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancers at numerous locations throughout San Diego County. From Chula Vista and La Jolla to Encinitas and beyond, our extensive network of Southern California cancer care centers includes:


  • Four Scripps hospitals on five campuses
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Specialty cancer treatment centers


For details on specific centers and their services, visit cancer care locations.

Support groups, services and resources

As leaders in throat cancer care, we know what it takes to fight a winning battle. That’s why we equip our patients with the support and resources necessary to achieve their best possible outcome. From connecting you with support groups and services to empowering you with the latest resources and research, Scripps helps you along every step of your cancer journey.