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Cancer of the Voice Box Overview

Another name for Cancer of the Voice Box is Laryngeal Cancer.

What is laryngeal cancer?
A person with laryngeal cancer has a growth of abnormal cells in the larynx that multiply out of control. These cells can form tumors and spread to other parts of the body. Laryngeal cancer is more common in men than in women. The cause of laryngeal cancer is unknown, but genetics may play a role in determining risk.

What are the symptoms of laryngeal cancer?
The most common symptom of laryngeal cancer is a hoarse voice. Additional symptoms of laryngeal cancer include bad breath, a dry cough, coughing up blood, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, sore throat, neck pain, neck swelling, unintentional weight loss, and swollen lymph glands in the neck.

How does the doctor treat laryngeal cancer?
The treatment for laryngeal cancer may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, laser surgery, or surgery to remove part of the larynx. Treatment for severe laryngeal cancer may require surgery to remove the larynx.

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Last Updated: Sep 11, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Cancer of the Voice Box References
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