The larynx is what we commonly refer to as the voice box. The larynx plays a vital role in our day-to-day lives by letting air we breathe reach our lungs, preventing food from entering the windpipe during swallowing and housing our vocal cords, which create our voice.
Treatment options for laryngeal cancer are dependent on the positioning of the cancer on the larynx; your consultant/doctor can discuss these treatment options with you.
Things to look out for
Symptoms include but are not limited to:
- When the tumour is close to the vocal cords – a change in voice is a common sign of laryngeal cancer. The tumour will prevent the cords vibrating as they usually would which results in hoarseness
- Tumours in a part of the larynx not in close proximity to vocal cords – feeling as though there is a lump in the neck or the throat, which may cause difficulty in swallowing, could be an early symptom
- Other early symptoms could include shortness of breath and/or an ongoing earache