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Hi, guys. My mother has been recently diagnosed with larynx cancer. Doctors are recommending tracheotomy and I really don’t know why this is needed in this case. I must admit that I didn’t quite understand her doctor. Can anyone explain me this in plain words? I would appreciate it. Thank you in advance.

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Hi, there. Larynx cancer can be really difficult due to this localization. If the tumor is too large, it can cause airway obstruction. This compromises breathing. In this case, a new airway is being made in the anterior part of the neck, under the tumor. The opening of trachea is called tracheotomy. This new airway beginning is called tracheostoma. This is something that is usually done in these cases. If you have doubts, you can ask for a second opinion. I hope this helps.
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