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Laryngeal Cancer

19 Mar 2012
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OVERVIEW

Laryngeal cancer is the abnormal growth of malignant cells in the larynx. The larynx, also known as the voice box, is found at the back of the throat and controls oxygen through the wind pipe when breathing, prevents food and drink from entering the lungs and creates the voice's sound.

Causes

Risk factors for developing laryngeal cancer can include:

  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Diet
  • Exposure to workplace chemicals and fumes

 

Symptoms
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Difficulty when swallowing
  • Changes in voice – huskiness
  • Sore throat
  • Persistent coughing
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Bloody saliva

 

Treatment
  • Radiotherapy
  • Surgery
  • Chemotherapy
  • Targeted therapies

 

If you have any of the above symptoms consult your general practitioner.

 

VIDEOS

 


Video: Throat Cancer

 

 

Video: How Smoking and Head and Neck Cancer Connect

 

RESOURCES & SUPPORT

Local

Cancer Society of New Zealand

 

International

NHS – Laryngeal Cancer

 

RESEARCH

Journal of the American Medical Association
British Medical Journal
The Lancet

 

FORUMS

Cancer Compass – Throat Cancer Discussions

 

 

DISCLAIMER
The information above is of a general nature and is designed to provide you with an overview of the topic, with links to local and international resources that may be of interest.  We do our best to ensure that this information is accurate and up to date.

You should always, however, seek specific professional medical advice, treatment and care appropriate to you, and as such we strongly recommend you consult with yourgeneral practitioner first.

 

 

Updated April 2012
Image source: Wikimedia Commons – Throat Diagram