After diagnosing laryngeal cancer, your doctor runs tests to understand if the cancer affects your vocal cords and has spread elsewhere in the body. This process is called staging, with Stage 0 describing the early signs of disease and Stage 4 indicating an advanced case.
Learning your laryngeal cancer’s stage helps you and your doctor make decisions about your treatment plan. This information is also helpful in determining your prognosis (probable outcome based on the experience of others).
Laryngeal cancer stages can be complicated, so talk with your doctor to understand your situation. Stages also differ based on the part of the larynx where cancer started (supraglottis, glottis, or subglottis). In general terms, laryngeal cancer stages are: