Living with laryngeal cancer

Lots of advice and support are available to help you cope with living with laryngeal cancer.


There are things you can do and people who can help you to cope with a diagnosis of laryngeal cancer.

Having a breathing stoma

A breathing stoma is a hole in your neck that you breathe through after surgery to your larynx. You might have a temporary stoma or a permanent stoma.

Speaking after a laryngectomy

After having your voice box removed (laryngectomy) you will, unfortunately, lose your voice. But you can learn different ways to communicate. 

Diet after laryngeal cancer

After treatment for laryngeal cancer, you might have difficulty swallowing, loss of taste or weight loss. But there are things you can do to help you cope with it.

Your sex life

Treatment for laryngeal cancer can change the way you feel about sex. But there are some ways to cope.

Support at home for you and your family

You might need some support at home due to cancer or its treatment. Lots of practical and emotional support is available to you.

Resources and books

There are several organisations, support groups, books, videos and other resources to help you cope with laryngeal cancer and treatment.

Last reviewed: 
28 Sep 2021
Next review due: 
27 Sep 2024