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Cancer Information Larynx Cancer Larynx cancer is a cancer that effects the larynx or voice box in people it can also be called laryngeal cancer The cancer occurs most frequently in people over the age of fifty-four and in black males The larynx is approximately two inches long and is located below the nose passage way and above the trachea Tumors can develop anywhere in the three parts of the larynx the glottis supraglottis and subglottis When the cancer spreads to other parts of the body it is called metastatic cancer Symptoms for this type of cancer depend mainly on the size and location of the tumor Most cases of larynx cancer occurs in the glottis area or vocal cord section When a tumor develops in this area it is usually painless but almost always results in hoarseness and a change in the persons voice If the tumor occurs in the supraglottis or the section above the vocal cords it may cause a lump in the throat sore throat or earaches When the tumor develops in the area where the larynx and trachea join subglottis the person experiences trouble in breathing very noisy breathing Constant coughing or a feeling of a lump that doesnt go away are also signs of larynx cancer Tumor development in the subglottis is very unusual and rare As a tumor grows it may cause pain weight loss bad breath frequent choking on food and hard swallowing Only qualified doctors are able to tell if any of the signs are really symptoms of the cancer A person with larynx cancer can be treated according to the persons age general health and preferences The size of the tumor location of the tumor and whether the cancer has spread or not also plays a major role in determining the type of treatment Treatment can be done by local therapy or systemic therapy In local therapy there is a choice of radiation therapy
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