Cancer of the larynx

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Cancer of the larynx
Cancer of the larynx.

Uncontrolled growth of malignant cells in the vocal cords and surrounding tissues.

It affects the larynx (posterior region of the throat and vocal apparatus.

Adults over 40 years for both sexes, although it is more in men.

Risk Factors.


Excessive intake of alcohol.

Polyps on the vocal cords.

Chronic inflammation of the vocal cords, whatever the cause.


Quit smoking.

Do not drink alcohol or just 1 or 2 alcoholic drinks a day.

Do not abuse your voice.

Diagnosis and Treatment.

Diagnosis: Your own observation of symptoms. Keep an eye on any hoarseness that persists after 2 weeks. History and physical examination by a doctor. Biopsy of the vocal cords and other tissues affected. Treatment:

Medical treatment (specialist in throat, nose and ears)

Hospitalization for treatment of radiation.

Surgery to remove the cancer and surrounding tissue (sometimes)

Speech therapy to learn to speak without vocal cords, when applied to surgery.

General measures.

The diagnosis and treatment, as in other cancers, are the best assets for a total cure.

If you have to remove the vocal cords, join a support group for people facing the same situation.

This will help you minimize stress and adaptation.


The medication is usually not necessary in this condition. No prescribed anticancer drugs, rather a radiation therapy.


Go back to their normal activity after treatment or operation.


There is no special diet, at least going through the operating room.

In this case, will follow a liquid diet until the healing of the affected area.


Outreach to other parts of the body, threatened with death.


It is often curable with early diagnosis and treatment.

In later stages, this condition is considered incurable.

However, symptoms can alleviate or control.

Is investigating the causes and treatment, and there is the hope of getting an effective treatment and cure of the disease.


The snuff.

There is no known cause.

Signs and symptoms.

The most characteristic symptoms are:

Hoarseness that does not go away to rest his voice.

Feeling "lump in the throat. ".

Pain or difficulty swallowing.

Hardened lymph glands in the neck and inflamed.

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