The larynx is a breathing and voice organ located on the upper part of the anterior frontal pipe of the neck. It has a simple box appearance and is an organ made of cartilage, membranes and ligaments. The structure of the throat is different and more complicated than the other parts of the respiratory tract. Cancers of this region are named larynx or voice box cancer.
Signs and symptoms of larynx cancer may include the following:
Genetic mutations of cells cause cancer. Accumulation of these cells may create a tumor in the organ.
The reason of the mutation that causes the larynx cancer is not exactly clear. However, your doctor will determine the factors that increase the risk.
Voice box is closely connected to the larynx located immediately below the throat.
Factors that increase the risk of voice box cancer include:
Your doctor may recommend followings to diagnose voice box cancer:
Treatment options are determined by many factors such as location and stage of the voice box cancer, type of the involved cells, the overall health and the personal preferences. Discuss risks and advantages of every option with your physician. The patient and their doctors can jointly determine the appropriate treatment options.
Treatment for voice box cancer generally causes complications that require working with specialists to restore the ability to swallow, eat solid food and speak.
Your doctor may discuss potential side effects and complications of the treatment with you.