The larynx, also known as the voice box, is located in the front of the neck and helps us breathe, swallow and speak, as it controls the opening and closing of the windpipe. Like nearly any other cells in the body, abnormalities within the larynx can lead to the development of a cancerous tumor, which most often develops within the squamous cells that line the inner walls of the larynx.
Diagnosis begins with your medical history followed by examinations and a series of tests. One of the following tests performed is:
- The physician will use a small scope, fiberoptic telescope with a camera, or a series of mirrors to examine your larynx. Cancer may change the appearance of mucosal lining or the symmetry of the larynx.
- CT scan
- MRI scan
- PET scan
- Bone scan