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If you were diagnosed with laryngeal cancer, the first thing you need to remember is that it is curable. The moment you notice symptoms of this disease, book an appointment with your doctor. Laryngeal cancer is a tumor, which primarily forms in larynx tissues. In most case men from 40 to 70 years old get laryngeal cancer; only 8 of 100 women can get laryngeal cancer.

According to researchers from Sanford Health and Chronix Biomedical whose article was published in News Medical (medical journal) they detected exact mutations and chromosomes that can trigger laryngeal cancer. It turns out that certain viruses are responsible for developing laryngeal cancer. This type of cancer can also be triggered by a number of larynx diseases, which are called precancerous. Sometimes even a sore throat, that disturbed the patient for a long time, can result in growth of cancerous cells.


  1. Symptoms
  2. Causes
  3. Diagnosis
  4. Treatment
  5. Prognosis
  6. Preventive measures

Laryngeal cancer symptoms

Symptoms of laryngeal cancer depend on the location of neoplastic cells. First laryngeal cancer symptoms are the changes in the voice tone. The person`s voice becomes rough and hoarse. Hoarseness is often percepted as a simple cold.

As the hoarseness becomes more and more severe, the patient gradually can speak only in whisper. Also the shortness of breath develops. In more advanced stages, the patient experiences pain while swallowing.

 Other symptoms of laryngeal cancer are:

  1.  coughing with the blood
  2.  choking
  3.  indigestion
  4.  weight loss
  5.  weakness

More progressed signs of laryngeal cancer include:

  1. voice loses its sonority
  2. difficulty in breathing
  3. body temperature can reach up to 37⁰C
  4. drowsiness
  5. dry cough
  6. big lump in the throat
  7. pain in both ears
  8. increase in cervical lymph nodes: they become noticeable visually


  1. External examination, when doctor assesses condition of the skin, the shape of the neck
  2. Palpation of the neck - the mobility of the larynx, lymph node status
  3. Indirect laryngoscopy is a diagnostic method when a doctor uses special mirror to detect pathology. For closer evaluation doctors usually use the indirect laryngoscopy, which can be done in the hospital during the regular check up. The technique is fairly simple, but is considered obsolete because of the fact that specialist can not fully explore the larynx, 30 - 35% of cases can not be detected. Indirect laryngoscopy can determine boundaries of the tumor, growth pattern, condition (mobility) of vocal cords.

Laryngeal cancer treatment

There are different laryngeal cancer treatment options. Main options include radiation, laser resection and larynx resection with tracheostoma placement.


Radiation therapy uses high X-ray or other radiation to destroy neoplastic cells.

External radiation therapy uses radioactive rays, directed at laryngeal tumor. Internal radiation therapy transmits radioactive substances through needles, tubes or catheters. Choice of method depends on radiation therapy type and laryngeal cancer staging.


Larynx resection with tracheostoma placement is an innovative type of surgery, which removes larynx and places tracheostoma in its place.

Doctors can also perform surgical removal of half of the larynx. In this case it is still possible to preserve the voice. The patient's speech can also be saved. In some cases patients need to undergo surgical removal of the entire larynx. This procedure is called a tracheotomy. The voice can rarely be saved.

Laser surgery: laser makes bloodless incisions that can remove the tissue located inside the patient`s body.

Even if the doctor removes the tumor, some patients still need to undergo postoperative therapy that includes regular check-ups at the doctor`s office.


This treatment uses cytotoxic drugs that can slow the malignant tumor growth. The drugs destroy circulating tumor cells throughout the body (systemic chemotherapy). If the chemotherapy is administered directly into the spinal canal, this kind of treatment is called regional chemotherapy.

Preventive measures

 Giving up smoking dramatically reduces the risk. It also decreases the risk of lung cancer. Non-alcohol policy also reduces the risk.

Advice on nutrition for patients with laryngeal cancer

  1. Healthy diet. Eating large amounts of fruits, vegetables, berries and legumes.
  2. Moderate amounts of animal meat, poultry and fish
  3. Fats in the diet should be primarily of plant origin
  4. Green and herbal teas must be preferred drinks. Sodas and alcohol need to be eliminated
  5. Little amount of sugar. Honey is more preferable
  6. Dairy products must be included: yogurt, sour cream, fermented milk and so on.
  7. No "fast food" and spicy food
  8. Eating in small portions
  9. Last meal - 4 hours before bedtime
  10. All food should be fresh
  11. Person needs to get at least 8 hours of sleep per day
  12. Person needs to improve his living conditions if he lives in a polluted environment
  13. Sometimes red wine is allowed, but only with the permission of the doctor
  14. Vitamins and minerals must also be taken regularly as a medicine

Recommendations for life style

  1. Enough sleep and rest
  2. Frequent exposure to fresh air
  3. Sufficient physical activity
  4. Moderate exercises
  5. Swimming in the pool
  6. Life in a sunny region with the temperature of at least 23 Degrees of Celsius
  7. Positive attitude that includes optimism and no stress
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