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Laryngeal cancer is a disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the larynx. The larynx is the part of throat, located between the base of the tongue and the trachea. The larynx contains the vocal cords, which vibrate to produce voice.
While the tumors that cause Laryngeal cancer are not usually painful, they cause changes in the voice. Some symptoms include :
It has been observed that most Laryngeal cancer patients are older than age 65 and is about four times more common among men than women. However, smokers and chronic drinkers are at an increased risk of Laryngeal cancer. Dietary risk factors include diet that is low in vitamin and mineral content. Exposure to wood dust, paint fume, asbestos, and some other chemicals may also increase the risk.
Doctors usually ask for Laryngoscopy to determine out whether a person has Laryngeal cancer. Laryngoscopy is performed in two methods:
While surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy are the main lines of treatment, doctors choose one or more of the options depending on the stage of the cancer. Stage 1 and 2 laryngeal cancers can be usually treated without totally removing the larynx (Voice Box), whereas stage 3 and 4 cancers often require a combination of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
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