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Preserving Your Voice With Laryngeal Cancer

Thanks to advances in treating laryngeal cancer, removing the larynx is not as frequently done as it once was. If the treatment you get allows you to keep your voice box, you also keep a normal source of speech. This is very important because studies have shown that people who lose their voice can suffer from social isolation and depression. Today, most experts don’t recommend surgery that will totally remove the voice box unless there are no other options.

Many treatments can save the voice, but the quality of the voice may be changed. For example, radiation can weaken the voice.

It may be necessary to remove your voice box to save your life. But many people can save their voices by undergoing these treatments. If you have laryngeal cancer, talk with your doctor about your treatment options.