Vocal cord tumors can be cancerous, so it’s important to have them evaluated by an experienced professional. During an evaluation at SFENTA, our providers can determine if your tumor is cancerous or benign. Our staff are experts in cancers affecting the head and neck and can effectively perform testing on vocal cord tumors. 

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Vocal Cord Tumor Treatments

Prior to treating a vocal cord tumor, a biopsy will be performed to determine if the tumor is cancerous. A biopsy is performed in the operating room and removes either a piece or the entirety of the tumor. Once the tumor is removed, it will be analyzed to see if it’s cancerous. If cancer is detected, continued treatment may be required, including surgery or radiation therapy.  

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What are Vocal Cord Tumors?

Vocal cord tumors are small masses that can be found within the vocal cords. These tumors may be benign or malignant. While cancer in vocal cord tumors is rare, there are over 10,000 cases diagnosed each year. Tumors often begin as pre-cancerous lesions, which appear as a white or red plaque on the vocal cords.

If caught early enough, removing these lesions will stop the cancerous tumors from growing. Some of the earliest signs of vocal cord tumors include vocal changes and hoarseness, which can lead to early intervention. Those with a history of smoking may be at higher risk for vocal cord cancer, but are not the only ones only susceptible. 

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Symptoms of Vocal Cord Tumor

  • Unexplained vocal changes
  • Chronic sore throat 
  • Difficulty or pain when swallowing
  • Trouble breathing 
  • The feeling of something stuck in the throat
  • Lumps on the neck 
  • Coughing (sometimes with blood)
  • Ear pain
  • Vocal strain 
  • Hoarseness

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Your Treatment with SFENTA

SFENTA’s network of ENT specialists has been helping patients across South Florida improve their health for over 30 years. Our office has set itself apart by providing each patient with:

Patient-Centered Care

You will receive one-on-one care with our team of physicians, ensuring you get the time and attention you deserve.

Continuity of Care

Our staff strives for care that offers you long-term relief from the symptoms impacting your lives.

A Network of Highly Trained Physicians

With over 50 board-certified physicians, we’ve ensured we’re prepared to help address any ENT concern or diagnosis.

The Security of a Community Staple

After helping patients in the South Florida community for over 30 years, you can feel confident in your care with SFENTA.

Vocal Cord Tumors FAQs

Who is at risk for vocal cord tumors?

Vocal cord tumors can be found in a variety of patients. There are certain factors or activities that can increase your risk for vocal cord tumors. 

These include:

  • A history of smoking 
  • A history of alcohol consumption
  • Toxic material exposure
  • Age (tumors are more likely to occur in those over 55)
  • Gender (men are more likely to experience vocal cord tumors)

How can I spot a vocal cord tumor?

The earliest signs of a vocal cord tumor are vocal changes, hoarseness, and a red or white plaque indicating a pre-cancerous lesion. If you begin to experience any of these signs, contact SFENTA to schedule an appointment.

Can vocal cord tumors occur in children?

Yes. There are certain strains of vocal cord tumors that are more common in children, including laryngeal papillomatosis. This is a benign vocal cord tumor caused by HPV, with roughly 60%-80% of cases occurring in children and teens.

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