Laryngeal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the larynx. The condition is more common in people over the age of 60. It's about four times more common in men than women. Symptoms may include:
• A sore throat that does not go away
• Constant coughing
• Pain when swallowing
• Trouble swallowing
• Ear pain
• Trouble breathing
• Weight loss
• A lump or mass in the neck
HOW IS LARYNGEAL CANCER DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Laryngeal Cancer begins with evaluation of medical history by the oncologist. The first test performed to confirm Laryngeal Cancer is laryngoscopy. Biopsy of the affected tissue may be sent for testing. A MRI or a CT scan helps evaluate the extent to which the cancer has spread.
HOW IS LARYNGEAL CANCER TREATED?
Treatment depends on the location and size of the tumour. Treatment will involve radiation, surgery and chemotherapy. A laryngectomy is needed for people with severe damage to the larynx.
DID YOU KNOW?
Use of tobacco products and drinking too much alcohol can increase the risk of laryngeal cancer.