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Recover voice after laryngectomy

MedExpress Team


Published April 23, 2024 14:07

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April 23 is Laryngectomy Day - a celebration of people who have had to undergo surgery to completely remove their larynx. This is a life-saving procedure, performed in advanced stages of cancer when other treatments have failed. After a laryngectomy, patients breathe through an opening in the neck instead of through the nose and mouth. Patients recover, but have to learn anew how to function in their families and society.

About 130,000 new cases of laryngeal cancer are reported worldwide each year. Poland is among the highest risk countries for this type of cancer in Europe. The most common cause of cancers of the head and neck, including the larynx, invariably remains cigarette smoking, alcohol abuse and HPV infections (types 16 and 18). Laryngeal cancer is one of the most common cancers (after lung cancer) of the respiratory tract, which can affect both men and women. Different methods are used to treat this disease, depending on the stage and location. One of them is laryngectomy, a surgical procedure that involves the complete removal of the larynx. Despite its complexity and the consequences associated with its performance, total laryngectomy can be a lifesaver for patients suffering from advanced cancer of the larynx. The larynx plays an important role in the process of speaking and breathing, as well as eating. Removal of this organ is a radical step, but often unavoidable when the disease is at an advanced stage. The laryngectomy procedure at the University Clinical Center is performed at the Department of Otolaryngology, headed by Boguslaw Mikaszewski, MD.

Life-changing surgery

Total laryngectomy is an operation performed in advanced stages of cancer. With...

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