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Laryngeal cancer reading list

Men and women discussing laryngeal cancer

This page gives details of a selection of books and leaflets about cancer of the larynx. There is information about


Books from libraries, bookshops or online booksellers

You can find a list of books about cancer, treatments, and living with cancer on our general reading list.

Cancer of the larynx: causes, symptoms, signs, diagnosis, treatments, stages of cancer of the larynx
US Dept. of Health & Human Services, National Institute of Health, National Cancer Institute, S Smith (Editor) 
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (9 Mar 2012) 
ISBN-13: 978-1475010138

Comprehensive information for people who have cancer of the larynx and their friends and family. This is an American book so some aspects of treatment and care may differ from that available in the UK.

Looking Forward: the speech and swallowing guidebook for people with cancer of the larynx or tongue
Jack E Thomas and Robert L Keith
Thieme Publishing Group, 2005
ISBN 3136662040

Has information about cancer treatments and how to manage problems with speech and swallowing. It includes exercises for improving speech and swallowing, and tips on tube feeding.

Laryngectomy is not a tragedy an introduction to pharyngeal speech
Sydney Norgate and Dr Nicola Oswald
Cancer Laryngectomee Trust, 2nd Edition, 2013
ISBN 9780951309117

This book has practical advice and information, as well as reassurance about the problems caused by the loss of normal speech. It's written in a straightforward, humorous style and is illustrated with cartoons. Free copies are available for patients and health professionals by emailing

Because cowards get cancer too
John Diamond
Times Books, 1999
ISBN 0812931777

John Diamond's brilliant, realistic and funny account of his diagnosis and treatment for laryngeal cancer.


Booklets and factsheets from other organisations

From Macmillan Cancer Support

Understanding chemotherapy (also in Welsh)
Understanding radiotherapy (also CD and in Welsh)
Coping with hair loss 
Understanding cancer of the voice box (larynx) (also CD)
Coping with fatigue (also CD)
Diet and cancer (also on CD)
Recipes from Macmillan Cancer Support
Talking about your cancer (also CD)
Lost for words – how to talk to someone with cancer
Sexuality and cancer (also on CD)
Coping with advanced cancer (also on CD)
Controlling cancer pain (also on CD)
Understanding cancer research trials (clinical trials) (also on CD)
Talking to children when a adult has cancer (also CD and in Braille)
Work and cancer (also on CD)
Travel and cancer (also on CD

The National Association of Laryngectomee Clubs has a whole range of written information about laryngectomy and coping afterwards. 



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Updated: 30 July 2015