Laryngeal Cancer is the uncontrollable growth of malignant tissue in the larynx. While the cancer initially grows on the surface of the larynx, it can spread into deeper tissues, outside of the larynx, the neck, and into other parts of the body. Smoking is the main cause of Laryngeal Cancer.
Symptoms of Laryngeal Cancer vary based on the exact location of the lesion in the larynx. Hoarse voice, coughing up blood (hemoptysis), noisy breathing and difficulty breathing are some presenting symptoms.
Laryngeal Cancer has a high cure rate if diagnosed early. The size, extent and type of cancer help determine the best treatment option. Laryngeal Cancer may be treated with surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a combination of these. The goals of treatment are to cure the disease while preserving the voice and swallowing.