Donate to Larynx Cancer Research, Patient Care and Education

More than 12,000 Americans will be diagnosed with larynx cancer in 2019, and nearly one-third of these individuals will not survive. Men are nearly five times more likely than women to be diagnosed with larynx cancer. Often termed “throat cancer,” larynx cancer originates in the voice box and severely affects a person’s vocal cords and his or her ability to speak easily and comfortably.

By making a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation in support of larynx cancer-related research and care, you will help scientists and physicians at Northwestern Medicine to continue the important work of conducting clinical trials, exploring new ways to detect larynx cancer and developing advanced treatment methods for this challenging disease.

Various types of larynx cancer include glottic cancer, supraglottic cancer and subglottic cancers, each of which affects a different area of the vocal cords. While the cause of larynx cancer is still unknown, there are a number of factors that appear to elevate a person’s risk of developing the illness. These  factors include contracting the human papillomavirus infection (HPV), poor nutrition, alcohol and tobacco use, genetic conditions and age. 

Specialists at Northwestern Medicine have identified a host of symptoms related to larynx cancer. Some of these symptoms include hoarseness or a change in the quality of an individual’s voice, chronic sore throat and difficulty swallowing and breathing, as well as lymph node enlargement in the neck and inner ear discomfort or pain. A significant majority of individuals diagnosed with larynx cancer have a history of heavy smoking and/or heavy drinking.

To diagnose and treat larynx cancer, the members of a multidisciplinary team at Northwestern Medicine may conduct a variety of tests and may employ a number of therapeutic approaches. Working collaboratively, otolaryngologists, head and neck surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, speech pathologists and other healthcare professionals provide a full complement of diagnostic and treatment services, including clinical evaluation, a biopsy of larynx tissue, CT scans and PET scans, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and, potentially, surgery. 

Larynx Cancer Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

When you make a contribution to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help to ensure that Northwestern Medicine will continue to be a leading, trusted site for the diagnosis and state-of-the-art treatment of larynx cancer. Through your generosity, you will help to accelerate vital research and to bring new therapies, as well as increased hope, to many patients and their families as they cope with the challenges of larynx cancer.

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