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Doctor insights on: Pathophysiology Of Larynx Cancer

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What are the tests for larynx cancer?

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

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


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What are the symptoms of larynx cancer?

Hoarseness +: If the cancer affects the vocal cords, change in voice quality may be an early symptom. 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 is the survival rate of larynx Cancer?

What is the survival rate of larynx Cancer?

Depends on:: Survival depends on several factors including how advanced it is (stage), age of patient, other medical problems, and how experienced the hospital is in treating head and neck cancers. ...Read more

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How are laryngitis and larynx cancer different?

How are laryngitis and larynx cancer different?

Inflammation vs: Cancer. Laryngitis is inflammation of the voice, usually viral and it causes hoarseness and usually resolves. Laryngeal cancer is usually due to smoking and if not treated in the early stages can cause death. Consult these sites for details.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/laryngitis/ds00366
http://www.Cancer. Gov/cancertopics/wyntk/larynx. ...Read more

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How much do you have to smoke to get a larynx cancer?

How much do you have to smoke to get a larynx cancer?

Unknown: We don't know the exact amount of smoking that increases your risk of the many kinds of cancers which are related to smoking but, we do know that non-smokers are far less likely to develop larynx cancer. Consider the risks of cancer, heart disease, amputations and the expense... It's totally worth it to quit. You can get help from a tobacco cessation group or from your physician. ...Read more

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What is the difference between laryngitis and a larynx cancer?

What is the difference between laryngitis and a larynx cancer?

Need an examination: Laryngitis= inflammation of the voice/vocal cords
larynx cancer= malignant tumor of the voice box

Both will make the voice change (hoarse, short of breath, painful or difficult speaking), and only an ent/head and neck surgeon can help you tell the difference between the two. The doctor will slide a slender camers into your nose/mouth and look at the throat. If you smoke, stop immediately... ...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

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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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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 other rare types of cancer that occur in the larynx that are not tobacco related. ...Read more

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How common is larynx cancer in men under 25?

How common is larynx cancer in men under 25?

Very rare: Laryngeal cancer usually occurs in older men who smoke and drink. If it occurs in a man under 25, it usually is a rare form of cancer. ...Read more

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What percentage of all smokers develop larynx cancer?

1%: About two out of every thousand smokers gets larynx cancer every year. Assuming am averahe smoking lifetime of 50 years, about 1% of smokers well get larynx cancer in their lifetimes. How, more will get cancer of nearby organs, (hypopharynx, oropharynx, nasopharynx, trachea, cervical esophagus, oral cavity and, of course, lung). The risk of smoking should not be underestimated. ...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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How many cigarettes a day can trigger a case of larynx cancer?

How many cigarettes a day can trigger a case of larynx cancer?

1 is too many: We don't know the answer to your question but, we do know that that laryngeal cancer happens way more often in people who smoke than it does in those who don't. Every cigarette does harm to the body in some way and, with the damage smoking also does to the finances, it's just not worth it in my book. If you were born after 1970, there's no excuse for starting- we know it's harmful... ...Read more

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Is chemotherapy necessary to take along with radiotherapy in larynx cancer?

Is chemotherapy necessary to take along with radiotherapy in larynx cancer?

It depends: For larger primary tumors and disease that spreads to the neck you might need dual modality treatment. This means surgery + radiation or radiation + chemotherapy. You will need to have a detailed discussion with your ENT and your oncologist in order to reach an informed decision. There are pros and cons to each treatment option, and they will help you w/ your decision. ...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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Looking forward to going on a trip to the beach with friends this year. Already started getting in shape. Now I've been told I have larynx cancer. How can I explain to them how I got it?

Looking forward to going on a trip to the beach with friends this year. Already started getting in shape. Now I've been told I have larynx cancer. How can I explain to them how I got it?

A variety of thing: Depending on your age, laryngeal cancer is usually squamous cell carcinoma. Smoking, increased alcohol use, and even human papilloma viruses are implicated in causation. But, so is radiation in a few cases. In general, though, "cause" is not as easy to be sure about. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for you to get throat/larynx cancer from singing?

LIving Life: Now, throat cancers can appear in humans who do not smoke. But, singing is in no way a risk for developing throat cancer. ...Read more

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Mom is 78 and had larynx cancer a year ago. Went thru chemo and radiation. Smoking and drinking again. Unidentified "rash" and melanoma? See pics

Mom is 78 and had larynx cancer a year ago. Went thru chemo and radiation. Smoking and drinking again. Unidentified "rash" and melanoma? See pics

Not enough history: The fact that mother is doing smoking is not good but not uncommon. The area of the rash is not clear as the pictures are not available. The rash if around the neck or in the radiation area may well be related to the radiation burns. There is not enough information to say about melanoma is unusual in this setting.
See the oncologist. ...Read more

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I have laryngopharyngeal reflux. I'm worried about cancer of the larynx. Does this happen often?

I have laryngopharyngeal reflux. I'm worried about cancer of the larynx. Does this happen often?

Already Answered: Your question was already answered. There is no evidence that acid reflux can cause cancer of the throat or of the Larynx.
You are worried about no reason at all. Simply treat your acid reflux with antacids and do not imagine things which are unreal. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors, symptoms, treatments, and life expectancy of someone with cancer of the larynx?

Hoarseness: The larynx has two components, extrinsic and intrinsic. When latter is involved the cords contain the lesion and hoarseness is the major symptom. Extrinsic lesions of the box are more complex since invasion into cartilage can minimize response to RT chemo and require partial if not total laryngectomy. Smoking is a major factor. If lesion superficial it can be cured to high extent with RT/chemo ...Read more

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Can you tell me the risk factors, symptoms, treatment, and life expectancy of someone with cancer of the larynx?

See below: Tobacco use is the major risk factor, hoarseness is a common symptom and treatment is by surgery and radiation. The question is too involved to address all the issues. Please visit this site for more info.
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/laryngeal/patient/page1. ...Read more

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Can i have cancer of the larynx in 16 years? I never tried cigarettes or any hard liquor, but I have hoarseness for seven months.

Can i have cancer of the larynx in 16 years? I never tried cigarettes or any hard liquor, but I have hoarseness for seven months.

Unclear question: It is not likely that you have cancer of the larynx. Hoarseness may be due to many causes, including nerve damage, laryngeal nodule or HPV infection. It would be prudent to consult an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Can a thyroid gland regrow on my larynx after being removed due to papillary cancer?

Can a thyroid gland regrow on my larynx after being removed due to papillary cancer?

No: Unless there is recurrence of the tumor. You should see your physician if you are feeling lumps in the thyroid area. ...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


Dr. Ronda Alexander
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