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Dr. Ronda Alexander
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Larynx Cancer (Overview)

Cancer of the larynx


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Can non-smokers get larynx cancer?

Can non-smokers get larynx cancer?

Yes but rare: The most common larynx cancer is squamous cell carcinoma. This is almost always related to tobacco use. Non smokers can get it, but it is rare. There are also other rare types of cancer that occur in the larynx that are not tobacco related. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronda Alexander
37 doctors shared insights

Larynx Cancer (Overview)

Cancer of the larynx


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What are the symptoms of larynx cancer?

What are the symptoms of larynx cancer?

Hoarseness +: If the cancer affects the vocal cords, change in voice quality may be an early symptoms. Cancer in other parts of the larynx may not produce symptoms in early stages and may become obvious only once it has spread to the local lymph nodes. Other symptoms may include pain the throat, difficulty in swallowing, cough, sensation of choking etc. ...Read more

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What are the tests for larynx cancer?

Biopsy is crucial: Larynx cancer is diagnosed after visual look by a procedure called laryngoscopy by an ENT doctor followed by a tumor biopsy to confirm diagnosis. Also ct, MRI or pet scan are often done. ...Read more

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Can a vocal cord removal successfully treat larynx cancer?

Can a vocal cord removal successfully treat larynx cancer?

Sometimes: The vocal cord is part of the larynx, and if the disease is very limited to a single vocal cord (of two), a smaller surgery can sometimes be performed with greater preservation of surrounding tissue. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for larynx cancer?

What is the treatment for larynx cancer?

Larynx, also called: The voice box, comprises true vocal cords (the glottis), a short subglottis before the trachea and a supraglottis up to the epi-glottis and its functional parts. Treat ranges from laryngectomy (surgery), to radiotherapy alone for glottic, or chemoradiotherapy for supraglottic disease. It is highly curable in most stages. ...Read more

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For someone with larynx cancer 4th stage, can it be cured?

For someone with larynx cancer 4th stage, can it be cured?

Depends how stage 4: Laryngeal cancer can be stage 4 in a few different ways. If it is stage 4 because of being locally advanced, or because it involves lymph nodes--then, there is a chance. If it is stage 4 because it has spread to the lungs, then it is extremely unlikely that it will be cured. Even when it has spread to the lungs, it doesn't mean that there is nothing we can do, however. ...Read more

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What number of cigarettes a day can trigger the risk of larynx cancer?

No safe number: Any use of tobacco increases the risk of cancer and there is no safe number for cigarettes. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Larynx (Definition)

The larynx is the organ that houses the vocal cords. This provides speech, and protects the airway from aspirating food. There are other functions also, such as allowing increased pressure for weight lifting by partially closing ...Read more