So very sorry to hear of your plight on this Robin. After 2 years of my voice becoming more and more hoarse the 2nd biopsy confirmed I had laryngeal cancer tumors on both vocal cords - which still baffles me since I’ve never been a smoker and the HPV test turned up negative. In January I started 7 weeks of daily RAD treatments ending about 7 weeks ago - and they were pretty easy. But, what I learned and what most folks don’t know is that when the RAD sessions end the hard part is just beginning. Forever lingering coughing up mucous, weight loss, sore throat (1 day is better the next is worse). But the worst of all is the impact to my vocal cords. It has become not just a strain but then so painful for me to even try to talk that I’ve had to take a 90 day LOA from work. On my last Dr visit 2 weeks ago the 2 scopes revealed no cancer but the vocals are “irritated” and swollen - and it has only gotten worse (and heaven forbid you should have a cocktail to help numb the pain). I keep getting the “Be patient “ BS too. Trying to remain positive, but it is tough as I have had to cut off my social life and can’t even talk on the phone to friends and family. In regards to you - all I can say is PLEASE don’t let them cut your vocal cords unless it is ABSOLUTELY a last resort. Get 2nd & 3rd opinions; - there has to be an alternative to having to use an artificial voice box to communicate for the rest of your life. Please continue to post your development as there are many, many of us out here who feel your pain. I wish you the very best Robin. Alan
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