Leading Surgeon Treating Head, Neck & Throat Cancer in Jonesboro
Laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancers affect the voice box, the area that assists in the functions of breathing, swallowing and making sounds. Small laryngeal cancer can be treated successfully when caught early. One of the best early warning signs is hoarseness that doesn't go away. Other symptoms of laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancer include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty swallowing
- A high-pitched sound from the voice box
- Ear pain that doesn’t go away with treatment
- Neck mass
- Unexplained weight loss
At the Otolaryngology and Facial Surgery Centre in Jonesboro, we urge people to take quick action when they have any of these symptoms, especially if you smoke or drink alcohol. Early detection and throat cancer treatment, including throat cancer surgery, can improve your chances of a successful recovery.
Caring Doctors Treating Laryngeal & Hypopharyngeal Issues
Surgery is a fairly common practice for the treatment of laryngeal and hypopharyngeal problems. We’ll take a look at the location of the trouble and the stage of its progression to determine the most appropriate procedure, which could be any of the following:
- A vocal cord stripping removes the superficial layers of tissue and treats stage zero issues.
- Laser surgery uses an endoscope. Once the tumor has been located, it will be vaporized or cut out with the high-intensity laser. This method is performed on stage zero and T1 larynx tumor patients.
- A cordectomy involves the removal of all or part of the vocal cords and may be used to treat superficial vocal cord problems.
- A laryngectomy removes of all or part of the larynx.
- A pharyngectomy removes all or part of your hypopharynx and larynx.
- A tracheostomy/tracheotomy is made in the trachea to improve a person’s ability to breathe.