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What is the Larynx cancer?

Laryngeal Anatomy

Medline Plus – Cancer throat or larynx

Cancer of the throat is cancer of the vocal cords, voice box (larynx), or other areas of the throat. There is a video and basic explanation

American Cancer Society – Laryngeal and Hypopharyngeal Cancer

Whether you (or a loved one) are worried about developing laryngeal or hypopharyngeal cancer, have just been diagnosed, are going through treatment, or are trying to stay well after treatment, this overview guide can help you find the answers you need.

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What is a Laryngectomy?

A laryngectomy is the removal of the Larynx part of the throat. This usually means the removal of the vocal cords and other anatomy in that area of the throat. It might include reconstruction depending on the tissue removed. It also includes separation of Trachea and Esophagus resulting in a stoma (opening in the throat) to breath through. See the image below:

THANC (Thyroid,Head and Neck Cancer)

Has a guide to head and neck cancer information. They have a great amount of information on cancer and treatments. It can be found at the following link:

Mayo Clinic – Home page

Good large site for any health information.

This is their definition of throat cancer:

Throat cancer refers to cancerous tumors that develop in your throat (pharynx), voice box (larynx) or tonsils.

Your throat is a 5-inch-long muscular tube that begins behind your nose and ends in your neck. Your voice box sits just below your throat and is also susceptible to throat cancer. The voice box is made of cartilage and contains the vocal cords that vibrate to make sound when you talk. Throat cancer can also affect the piece of cartilage (epiglottis) that acts as a lid for your windpipe. Tonsil cancer, another form of throat cancer, affects the tonsils which are located on the back of the throat.

Types of throat cancer
Throat cancer is a general term that applies to cancer that develops in the throat (pharyngeal cancer) or in the voice box (laryngeal cancer). The throat and the voice box are closely connected, with the voice box located just below the throat. More specific terms to describe the types of throat cancer include:

Nasopharyngeal cancer begins in the nasopharynx — the part of your throat just behind your nose.
Oropharyngeal cancer begins in the oropharynx — the part of your throat right behind your mouth that includes your tonsils.
Hypopharyngeal cancer (laryngopharyngeal cancer) begins in the hypopharynx (laryngopharynx) — the lower part of your throat, just above your esophagus and windpipe.
Glottic cancer begins in the vocal cords.
Supraglottic cancer begins in the upper portion of the larynx and includes cancer that affects the epiglottis, which is a piece of cartilage that blocks food from going into your windpipe.
Subglottic cancer begins in the lower portion of your voice box, below your vocal cords.

National Cancer Institute

CONTENTS: Information about screening, early detection, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of laryngeal cancer. Links to PDQ files (the NCI’s Cancer Information Database, which tells about the current treatments for most cancers, the site linked here is specific for larynx cancer. The information in PDQ is reviewed each month by cancer experts. It is updated when there is new information. The patient information in PDQ also tells about warning signs and how the cancer is found. PDQ also lists information about research on new treatments (clinical trials), doctors who treat cancer, and hospitals with cancer programs. is their menu of information on Laryngeal/Pharyngeal Cancer. 

Stats: Estimated new cases and deaths from throat cancer (including cancers of the larynx) in the United States in 2012:

New cases: 12,360 (laryngeal); 13,510 (pharyngeal)
Deaths: 3,650 (laryngeal); 2,330 (pharyngeal)


Description of larynx and larynx cancer, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options and methods

OconoLink – University of Pennsylvania

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Signs & symptoms of other head & neck cancers

1. The Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA) was established in 2008 to create a coalition in the fight against head and neck cancer. Formerly the Yul Brynner Head and Neck Cancer Foundation, HNCA expands on existing strengths to enhance the overall effort in prevention, detection, treatment and rehabilitation. The following URL takes you to a page of FAQS about what is included in Head and Neck Cancer and signs to watch for.

Symptoms Head and Neck Cancer Alliance