Vocal cord cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the larynx. Common symptoms include:
• changes in voice (such as hoarseness)
• a swelling or lump in the neck or throat
• difficulty swallowing or pain when chewing or swallowing
• earache that doesn't get better
• feeling breathless.
HOW IS VOCAL CORD CANCER DIAGNOSED?
The following tests and procedures may be used:
• Physical exam of the throat and neck
• MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
• PET scan (positron emission tomography scan)
• Bone scan
• Barium swallow
• CT scan (CAT scan)
HOW IS VOCAL CORD CANCER TREATED?
Treatment procedures of vocal cord cancer can be surgery or use of radiation and also chemotherapy. The process is a very intensive one that is followed with post-operative care and check up to ensure that the disease does not come back. PET scans are done to.
DID YOU KNOW?
Vocal Cord Cancer is known to happen in 11% of the population and is not that fatal.