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 of Vocal Cord Cancer is based on the stage of cancer, location of tumor, size of tumor and recurrence. Patients diagnosed with Vocal Cord Cancer should quit smoking and consumption of tobacco products. Radiation and chemotherapy is generally followed for treating Vocal Cord Cancer
DID YOU KNOW?
Use of tobacco products and drinking too much alcohol can affect the risk of laryngeal cancer. Anything that increases the risk of getting a disease is called a risk factor. Having a risk factor does not mean that one will get cancer, not having risk factors doesn't mean that one will not get cancer.