Bioscientists Help Throat Cancer Patients To Speak Again

by Bidita Debnath on  November 29, 2016 at 11:54 PM Research News
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A new method of care for patients who have to have their larynx removed is developed, through the work of the School of Biosciences team, in collaboration with East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.
 Bioscientists Help Throat Cancer Patients To Speak Again
Bioscientists Help Throat Cancer Patients To Speak Again

The Biosciences team found that the replacement voice boxes would last much longer if they dealt with the fungal infection Candida albicans that was causing the silicone versions to fail. For the first time, scientists were able to extend the life of the replacement voicebox by dealing with the fungal infection.

The team has developed clinical care for patients that has now been taken up by many NHS Trusts in the UK and which is anticipated could be used worldwide for throat cancer patients.

It means patients may be able to carry on using silicone voice prosthesis for much longer, enabling them to still speak and reducing the risk of dangerous secondary chest infections.

Dr Campbell Gourlay, Senior Lecturer in Cell Biology at Kent, said the University's work, funded by the NHS and Kent Cancer Trust, will enable people who lose their larynx to maintain speech and enjoy a better quality of life.

Source: Eurekalert

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