Larynx Cancer


Cancer of the larynx is also Larynx Cancer called laryngeal cancer. It can develop in any region of the larynx, for example the glottis (where the vocal cords are), the supraglottis (the area above the cords), or the subglottis (the area that connects the larynx to the trachea).

This is how the Larynx looks from above. It’s what the doctor can see with a mirror.

If the cancer spreads outside the larynx, it usually goes first to the lymph nodes Cancer of the larynx (sometimes called lymph glands) in the neck. It can also spread to the back of the tongue, other parts of the throat and neck, the lungs, and sometimes other parts of the body. When cancer of the larynx spreads, it is called metastatic laryngeal cancer. The larynx, also called the voice box, is a 2–inch–long, tube–shaped organ in the neck. We use the larynx when we breathe, talk, or swallow. The larynx is at the top of the windpipe (trachea). Its walls are made of cartilage. The large cartilage that forms the front of the larynx is sometimes called the Adam’s apple. The vocal cords, two bands of muscle, form a “V” inside the larynx.