Even with successful treatment, patients with a history of throat cancer have a higher risk of developing related conditions to hypopharyngeal cancer. Head and neck cancers can develop due to radiation treatment used to kill the hypopharyngeal cancer cells.
Patients should undergo a follow-up exam for recurrence or related conditions to hypopharyngeal cancer following this schedule unless your doctor advises otherwise:
- Once per month for the first year after remission
- Every two months for the second year after remission
- Every three months in the third year after remission
- Every six months for the fourth year and beyond.
Early diagnosis of a second or recurring cancer can improve a doctor’s ability to treat the condition—especially since some treatments cannot be repeated once used during the first round of cancer.