Feist-Weiller Cancer Center at LSU Health Shreveport recently formed a voice club for patients who have gone through laryngectomy surgery and other vocal disorders.
Laryngectomy is the surgery needed in order to remove cancer on the larynx. Doctors say most people get laryngeal cancer from the combination of smoking and drinking.
The voice club brings laryngectomees across the Ark-La-Tex together to engage with people who truly understand them and exchange experiences and stories, ask questions, and receive advice from clinicians. The group meets monthly to discuss topics to improve life after laryngectomy.
James Gilmer, voice club member and laryngectomy patient, proves there is life after laryngectomy, even though it is difficult to find new ways to communicate.
"I keep going. I've got a lot of good help and a lot of support here at the hospital. I can't quit now," said Gilmer.
With World Voice Day on Monday, April 16, this is an especially important time to be aware of your vocal health, especially if you have a job where you use your voice a lot- like teachers, pastors or broadcasters.