The larynx (voice box)
is located just below the pharynx
(throat) in the neck. The larynx contains the vocal
cords, which vibrate and make sound when air is directed against
them. The sound echoes through the pharynx, mouth, and nose to make a person's
Most laryngealcancers form in squamous cells, the thin, flat cells lining the inside of the larynx.
There are three main parts of the larynx:
These and other symptoms may be caused by laryngeal cancer or by
other conditions. A doctor should be consulted if any of the following problems
The following tests and procedures may be used:
Prognosis (chance of recovery) depends on the following:
Treatment options depend on the following:
Smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol decrease the effectiveness of
treatment for laryngeal cancer. Patients with laryngeal cancer who continue to smoke and drink are less likely to be cured and more likely to develop a second tumor. After treatment for laryngeal cancer,
frequent and careful follow-up is important.
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