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Head and Neck Cancer

Voice box cancer?



My throat is scracthy. I can`t sing at all when I used to be pretty good. I feel like there is a lot of congestion stuck in my throat. What might this be? My doctor said something about voice box cancer. Should I be worried?


There can be many reasons for a person to develop scratchiness, a feeling of congestion and voice changes. The likelihood of it being a result of cancer is small. Often times these symptoms are secondary to gastroesophageal reflux disease and they can easily be addressed. It would be our recommendation that you be evaluated by an ear nose and throat physician, to determine what may be causing this.

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Cheryl  Koliha-Brandt, MSN, RN, CNS, CORLN Cheryl Koliha-Brandt, MSN, RN, CNS, CORLN
Clinical Nurse Specialist and Instructor of
Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology 
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Case Western Reserve University

Pierre  Lavertu, MD, FRCS(C), FACS Pierre Lavertu, MD, FRCS(C), FACS
Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University