In about 3 out of 5 cases, the cancer develops on the vocal cords.
Treatment of Laryngitis
■ You may be offered surgery to remove part or all of the larynx and/or radiotherapy.
■ If the larynx has to be removed, I’m afraid ordinary speech will no longer be possible.
However, several techniques have been developed to allow you to speak without a larynx. Speech therapy may enable you to speak using your oesophagus, or you may be able to learn to speak with the help of a handheld electromechanical device that generates sounds. Alternatively, a small device known as a tracheoesophageal implant may be fitted to help you speak.
WARNING: Any hoarseness starting for no reason in middle age or older must be checked out by your doctor.
In more than 9 of out 10 cases, treatment is successful if the tumour develops on the vocal cords and is detected and treated early.