Larynx Cancer Information

Larynx cancer, also known as laryngeal cancer, is a disease that affects the tissue of the larynx, which is the part of the throat, located between the trachea and the base of the tongue. There are three primary parts to the larynx: the supraglottis, which is located above the vocal chords and contains the epiglottis; the glottis, which is located in the center of the larynx and contains the vocal cords; and the subglottis, which is located between the vocal cords and trachea. While laryngeal cancer can occur anywhere along the larynx, the majority of tumors form in the squamous cells that coat the vocal cords.

When a patient suspects that they may have larynx cancer because of new symptoms, such as trouble swallowing, a persistent cough, or hoarseness, there are a number of tests that a physician may order to obtain a diagnosis. These include, but are not limited to:

  • A physical exam of the throat and neck
  • A biopsy (laryngoscopy or endoscopy)
  • A CT Scan (CAT scan)
  • An MRI

At Tampa General Hospital, we are leaders in the treatment of larynx cancer and other cancers affecting the head and neck. We take a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care, and provide our patients with treatment plans that are tailored to their individual needs. To ensure the greatest likelihood for successful treatment outcomes, we also utilize advanced technology, including robotic surgery.

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