This is cancer of the larynx, which is part of the throat structure.
Symptoms of laryngeal cancer include:
- A sore throat or cough that does not go away.
- Trouble or pain when swallowing.
- Ear pain.
- A lump in the neck or throat.
- A change or hoarseness in the voice.
In addition to all major cancer screening and diagnosis methods, we also offer these techniques when testing for laryngeal cancer:
- Positron Emission Tomography (PET Scan) – A procedure to find malignant tumor cells in the body
- Barium Swallow/Upper GI Series – A procedure in which the patient drinks a liquid that contains barium; this liquid coats the esophagus and stomach, allowing images to be made of the area
- Endoscopy – A procedure used to look at areas in the throat that cannot be seen with a mirror during the physical exam
- Laryngoscopy – A procedure used to look inside the larynx to check for abnormal areas
Surgery is the most common treatment for all stages of laryngeal cancer. Surgical techniques may include:
- Removing the vocal cords only
- Removing the supraglottis only
- Removing all or part of the thyroid gland
- Removing a surface lesion or tumor
Radiation and chemotherapy are also treatment options. Your care team will work with you to determine the exact course of treatment. Learn more about treatment options.