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What is Laryngeal Cancer?

The Florida Hospital Cancer Institute offers the latest and most effective treatment for laryngeal cancer in Orlando. The nasopharynx is the uppermost portion of the throat where the nasal passages and larynx meet up with the rest of the upper respiratory tract.  This is a different kind of malignancy from those usually associated with head and neck cancers.  It's different in its causes, behavior, spread and treatment. There are several sub-types of this cancer. The most common form of NPC shows a strong connection to the Epstein-Barr virus, also known as human herpevirus (herpes). For more information about treatment for laryngeal cancer in Orlando, or to schedule an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

Symptoms of Laryngeal Cancer

Symptoms of laryngeal cancer include:

  • Swollen or tender lymph nodes
  • Difficulty trouble opening the mouth, chewing and swallowing
  • Ear infections
  • Nasal obstruction or bleeding
  • Noticeable nasal "twang" in the voice.
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Causes of Laryngeal Cancer

Currently, the cause of laryngeal cancer is unknwn, but scientists are working to find more evidence as to why these tumors are created.

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Tests to Diagnose Laryngeal Cancer

Depending on your symptoms, your physician may perform a physical exam to check your throat and feel your neck for lumps, swelling, or other abnormalities. 

If you physician locates any lumps or you may have one or more of the following tests:

  • Indirect laryngoscopy: Your physician will use a small mirrow with a long handle to look at your throat and larynx. Your physician will check your vocal chords to make sure they are working properly when you make certain sounds. You may receieve local anesthesia on your throat to prevent gagging. 
  • Direct laryngoscopy: Your physician will use a small, lighted tube (laryngoscope) to look at your throat and larynx. 
  • Biopsy: During a biopsy, your physician will take a small tissue sample from your throat. A pathologist will analyze this tissue for cancer cells. In most cases, the tissue will be removed under general anesthesia. 
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Treatment for Laryngeal Cancer

Surgery is usually not an option for all but the earliest, most localized cases. Chemotherapy, radiotherapy (radiation) and immunotherapy are the main tools in this battle. Because the brain and other vital organs are so close by, this is a technically challenging cancer to treat.

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Request an Appointment

For more information about treatment for laryngeal cancer in Orlando, or to schedule an appointment, call (407) 303-1700 or click here to fill out an online assistance form.

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