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Cancer - throat or larynx

  • Alternative Names

    Vocal cord cancer; Throat cancer; Laryngeal cancer; Cancer of the glottis

    • Abnormal (high-pitched) breathing sounds
    • Cough
    • Coughing up blood
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Hoarseness that does not get better in 1 - 2 weeks
    • Neck pain
    • Sore throat that does not get better in 1 - 2 weeks, even with antibiotics
    • Swelling or lumps in the neck
    • Unintentional weight loss

    Signs and tests

    The doctor will perform a physical exam. This may show a lump on the outside of the neck.

    Tests may include:

    • Biopsy of suspected tumor
    • Chest x-ray
    • CT scan of chest
    • CT scan of head and neck