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Vocal Cord Nodules Turn Cancerous
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
It depends,,: It depends on the cause of the nodules/lesions. Lesions from overuse or misuse of the vocal cords like loud yelling are usually symmetric and bilateral, and rarely progress to anything harmful. Those from cancer are more likely to be unilateral and irregular. Either way it's wise to see your doctor if you have any symptoms like hoarse voice to be sure what the cause is. ...Read more
No, but ....: Classic screamer's nodules or "singer's nodules" of the vocal cords do not obstruct the airway. On the other hand, infants and children can be infected with the hpv virus (usually during vaginal delivery), and this can cause respiratory papillomas of the vocal cords - these will grown slowly and, despite being a benign disease, can result in fatal airway obstruction. If concerned, see a doc! ...Read more
Vocal cord nodules/cysts typically do not cause pain, but often hoarseness. If the cyst is infected or becoming too large, may cause pain and difficult breathing etc...
Obviously you should follow-up with your doc about the nodule and make sure it is not malignant/canerous etc..
Good luck. ...Read more
Hoarseness: Vocal cord nodules are usually caused by vocal abuse. The main symptom is hoarseness. They do not cause pain and can not be felt. An ENT doctor can examine your vocal cords and explain the treatment. ...Read more
ENT first.: Start with a good ENT in your area that has experience treating singers. The ENT can determine the correct diagnosis and treatment, which often includes working with a speech therapist to change any vocal habits that may have led to the problem. Voice rest and lots of fluids are a must! ...Read more
Depends: Voice abuse is the most common cause of a vocal fold nodule. It is a thickening of the lining epithelium and usually requires voice therapy. However, modified voice rest can result in recovery of this thickening in a matter of weeks to months. You need to see your layrngologist for advice or a voice therapist for therapy. ...Read more
Vocal nodules: Yes they cause horaseness, a breathy voice and interfere with singing range. ...Read more
ENT: Otolaryngologist, or "ear nose throat" doctor specializes in this problem. ...Read more
Another opinion: If your nodule is gone and you are still hoarse and you have discussed this with your ENT and have not gotten help then you need another opinion. Find an ENT who has a special interest in the voice. You should have a videolaryngoscopy with stroboscopy and a consultation with a speech therapist. ...Read more
Hi I am a 26 year old female. I'm slowly finding out over time I have nodules on my lungs, thyroid and now vocal cord. Why is this? I'm very concerned
Me too: This isn't normal. The only way to know for sure is to have biopsy of one of the nodules to find out the nature of the nodules. ...Read more
Voice rest: Vocal cord nodules are often due to overuse of the vocal cords. A period of voice rest is often helpful. ...Read more
Benign Leukoplakia removed form vocal cord 1 mth ago. now shows scar tissue. Do I need to worry abt turning to cancer or is everything ok? Scared
No imminent: danger. You are not in any imminent danger, however, you should follow your doctor's advice for follow-up visits and tests. If you smoke, quit now. ...Read more
Stage1 cancer in vocal cord (near cartilages), tumor was removed (three times as it keep recurring). What is the best treatment plan going forward?
Recurrences are bad: Even though your cancer was early(stage-1) to begin with, any recurrence makes it much more serious/dangerous. So you need to go see a real expert in cancer of the larynx. Such experts can be found in major Cancer centers of which each State of the US has one or more Comprehensive Cancer center/s. I would advise you to get away from your original surgeon who has done your previous surgerie ...Read more
Elaborate? Benign Leukoplakia removed form vocal cord 1 mth ago. Shows big post-op scarring. Voice ok, worried about turning cancer later. Unlikely?
Remain watchful: Leukoplakia is a precursor lesion which can evolve into cancer in a small minority of people. But once it is removed then there is minimal risk of that change. yet you must be checked by your ENT doctor periodically. This is an easy area to monitor yet any change of voice will require you to get checked. By and large you are expected to do well. So remain alert yet not worry too much. ...Read more
Is it common to have lots scar tissue 1 mnth after removing benign leukoplakia from vocal cord? Can scar turn to cancer in future or is it unlikely?
Unlikely if benign: if the lesion is benign then it is very unlikely to transform into a cancerious focus. ...Read more
No such thing: I've been a doctor for 30 years. I've seen many cases of laryngeal cancer but none of yeast infection of vocal cords. I don't think there is such a thing. If you have persistent hoarseness see ENT specialist ASAP. Risk factors for head and neck cancer are smoking, and drinking alcohol. ...Read more
What is long term prognosis and problems with having vocal cord implant? Can scar tissue or nodules grow? Recovery time? Thank you.
Best approach: is to check with ENT who is going to do procedure &/or get a 2nd opinion. HRS, MD,F ACC ...Read more
I have a multi nodule goiter, with the largest nodule measuring 3cm on the right side. I have vocal cord paralysis on the same side. My family has ?
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For the stage 1 vocal cord cancer (affecting cartilages), which treatment is better -- radiation therapy or photodynamic therapy?
What is the remedy for ulcer pain in mouth during imrt on vocal cord cancer after surgery of the lymp?
Various meds: Ulceration in oral cavity not uncommon due to IMRT effecting oral mucosa. A number of different approaches have been used for relief. Symptoms usually gone after several weeks.Suck ice chips and use a saliva substitute to moiste mouth. Solcoseryl, a dental paste found to help mouth sores. Biotene also helps to heal sores because it has similar enzymes to saliva. One should also try L-Glutamine ...Read more
The vocal cord is a short (about 1cm long) band of tissue in the larynx (aka "voice box"). It is paired, so everyone has 2, and they are located just below the "adam's apple." when you breathe, they are separated from each other. When you speak, they come together while your lungs push air (like a bellows or bagpipe) past them, and they vibrate, like a reed ...Read more
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