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Questions to ask your doctor about voice box cancer

Your healthcare team will discuss treatment options with you. You may want to bring a family member or friend with you to your appointments. Consider asking the following questions:

  • Where is my cancer located?
  • Has the cancer spread beyond where it started?
  • What’s the cancer’s stage, and what does that mean?
  • What type of treatment do you recommend and why?
  • If my voice box is removed, how will I talk and what rehabilitation therapy will I get?
  • Should I see a speech-language pathologist?
  • What are the possible side effects of my treatment?
  • If I need surgery, where will the incision be located and how much tissue will be removed?
  • Will I need radiation or chemotherapy?
  • What type of follow-up care will I need?
  • When can I go back to my normal activities?
  • Should I consider taking part in a clinical trial?