Published on 21st November 2018 by

New Voice Club (2001) – Throat cancer is a big killer in China. Surviving the cancer often means losing your voice box. In Hong Kong there’s a rehab club with a difference – where former patients are teaching new ones to find their voice.

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To remove the tumour in a case of throat cancer, the larynx tends to have to come with it. But there are ways to regain one’s voice again. The most common is the pneumatic artificial larynx, which uses a plastic tube in the tracheal hole; another is tracheoesophageal speech, which involves plugging the tracheal hole. Although the science is getting there, losing their voice is an emotionally traumatic experience for most patients, and that’s where the ‘new voice club’ steps in, lending support to these survivors.

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