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Cancer of the Larynx

  • Posted: 01/21/2011

Follow-Up Care

You’ll need regular checkups (such as every two months for the first year) after treatment for laryngeal cancer. Checkups help ensure that any changes in your health are noted and treated if needed.

Laryngeal cancer may come back after treatment. Your doctor will check for return of cancer. Checkups may include a physical exam, blood tests, a chest x-ray, a CT scan, or an MRI.

People who have had laryngeal cancer have a chance of developing a new cancer. A new cancer is especially likely for those who use tobacco or who drink alcohol heavily. Doctors strongly urge people who have had laryngeal cancer to stop using tobacco and stop drinking alcohol to cut down the risk of a new cancer and other health problems.

NCI has publications to help answer questions about follow-up care and other concerns. You may find it helpful to read the NCI booklet Facing Forward: Life After Cancer Treatment. You may also want to read the NCI fact sheet Follow-up Care After Cancer Treatment.