Laryngeal cancer

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If laryngeal cancer spreads

Cancer cells can spread from the larynx to other parts of the body. This spread is called metastasis.

Understanding how a type of cancer usually grows and spreads helps your healthcare team plan your treatment and future care. If laryngeal cancer spreads, it can spread to the following:

  • throughout the larynx
  • soft tissues of the neck
  • thyroid and cricoid cartilage
  • thyroid gland
  • along the vocal cords
  • base of the tongue
  • pharynx
  • windpipe (trachea)
  • tongue muscles and neck muscles
  • the space between the lungs (mediastinum)
  • esophagus
  • lymph nodes in the neck
  • lung
  • liver
  • bone

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Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.

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