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Laryngeal (Voice Box) Cancer Diagnosis

The team at Penn Head and Neck Cancer specialize in the evaluation and diagnosis of all types of cancer that can affect the voice box, including squamous cell carcinoma, adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC), mucoepidermoid carcinoma, adenocarcinoma, lymphoma and sarcoma.

We offer the latest advancements in diagnostic tools and tests that provide the most accurate diagnosis. These tests and tools include:

  • Physical exam and history
  • Physical exam of the nose, face and neck
  • MRI
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) scan
  • Panendoscopy: A panendoscopy is also known as direct laryngoscopy, esophagoscopy and bronchoscopy. This procedure allows doctors to examine the entire area around the voice box, including the esophagus and trachea while a patient is under general anesthesia. The doctor will use a laryngoscope to look for tumors in the mouth, nose, throat and voice box.
  • Naso-Pharyngo-Laryngoscopy: A procedure that involves placing a flexible fiberoptic camera through the nose to see the surface of the larynx (voice box) and other structures of the throat, base of tongue (back of the tongue), the lower part of the tonsils and the lining of the throat. This procedure is not painful, and a local anesthesic is used in the nose to alleviate any possible discomfort.