Voice Box (Larynx) Cancer

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The larynx is located in the throat, and is also referred to as the voice box. Cancer of the larynx is a particular form of cancer that affects this area. The larynx is connected to the throat and can be located just under where the throat is found.

There are some main symptoms that are associated with Larynx Cancer. Because this type of cancer forms on or close to the vocal chords, the tone of a person's voice, and the voice itself, may change. Hoarseness may also be reported in some patients. Other noted symptoms that are attributed to cancer of the larynx include discomfort swallowing, shortness of breath, a lump that can be felt in the throat or neck, and chronic ear aches.

Your mouth and throat may feel sore for a few weeks after the operation and there's a risk of your voice changing as a result of the procedure, which can be permanent.

The cancer of larynx or laryngeal cancer most often spreads to the lungs.Laryngeal cancer begins from the infection of the larynx. This is the passageway of both air and food during breathing and swallowing

Having cancer of the larynx may cause damage to yourvoice and even loss of your voice.

The larynx is in your throat. It’s also known as the voice box. The larynx helps us speak, breathe and swallow. Our vocal cords are part of the larynx.

  • Laryngeal cancer has three grades :

  • Grade I (low grade or well differentiated). The tumor cells look similar to the usual cells in the larynx

    Grade II (intermediate grade or moderately differentiated). The tumor cells appear less resembling the usual cells in the larynx.

    Grade III (high grade or poorly differentiated). The tumor cells appear abnormal and dissimilar from usual cells of the larynx.

    Signs and symptoms of laryngeal cancer include :

    • Coughing up blood
    • Lump in the neck
    • Unintentional and sudden loss of weight.
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Worsening or persistent hoarseness
    • Pain in the ear.