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Laryngeal Cancer Treatment in Tacoma, WA

What is Laryngeal Cancer?

Cancer of the larynx, also known as the voice box, is a fairly common illness that accounts for hundreds of thousands of deaths around the world each year. Those that survive laryngeal cancer often have lifelong detriments to their voice, ability to swallow, and overall quality of life.

Symptoms of Laryngeal Cancer

Common signs and symptoms of laryngeal cancer include:

  • Progressive or persistent hoarseness of the voice
  • Pain or difficulty with swallowing
  • Consistently sore throat
  • A lump located within the neck
  • Difficulty breathing

Risk Factors

Even though this form of cancer is rather common, it is also relatively preventable since a very large majority of laryngeal cancer cases occur after prolonged exposure to known carcinogens such as tobacco. Smoking is certainly the largest risk factor associated with laryngeal cancer, but another known contributor is alcohol consumption.

Individuals who often drink alcohol in addition to smoking have a heightened risk of developing laryngeal cancer. It is recommended that only one serving of alcohol should be consumed per day in order to limit its negative impact on a person’s health.

Laryngeal Cancer Treatment Options in Puyallup, WA

Patients with laryngeal cancer have several methods of treatment available to them. The most common treatment options are as follows:

  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Surgery
  • A combination of previously stated treatments

To learn more about laryngeal cancer evaluation and treatment options, contact Northwest Medical Specialties at (253) 428-8700.

HEALTH ALERT! For the safety of our patients and staff only patients will be allowed into our clinics and everyone MUST wear a mask. See additional information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19 NOTICE

Important COVID 19  Information for patients of Northwest Medical Specialties

November 16, 2020 Update

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During these difficult times we are making every effort to keep our patients and staff safe from COVID 19, we appreciate your patience and understanding with the changes you may have seen within our practice.

We strive to protect our patients and staff as much as we possibly can from any exposure on our premises.  NWMS has implemented a system wide policy that does not allow anyone in the building that is not a patient and everyone must wear an NWMS provided mask over their mouth and nose during their time on our premises.  This is to protect our vulnerable patients from the unforeseen possibility of exposure to COVID 19 which can be transmitted through aerosol droplets.  Sadly, we have had patients that have died from the complications of COVID 19, which is both devastating and preventable.

We offer a virtual visit option for family, friends, and companions to participate in the care of our patients through Zoom.  Our staff will assist you with every step of the login process and invite you to participate in real time from your vehicle or designated safe space in our building. Please contact us at 253-428-8700 to set this up.

The following offices are temporarily closed:

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling our office at (253) 428-8700.

Here are a few additional resources as well:

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control