Cancer Laryngectomee Trust
Free help for sufferers of cancer of the larynx, people who have had a laryngectomy, and their carers

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A new 2017 edition of The Travel Guide for Laryngectomees is now available for download or to order.

Updates for 2019 are now available to download for The Travel Guide for Laryngectomees.

The March 2019 Newsletter is now available for download.

Our new Privacy Policy is now available to view.

Press Release September 2013 - Free self-help book available for all laryngectomees

A new 2013 edition of Laryngectomy is not a Tragedy is now available for all laryngectomees, their families and health professionals free of charge from the Cancer Laryngectomee Trust.

Written by a laryngectomee, in a straightforward, humorous style illustrated with cartoons, the book is packed full of practical advice and information, as well as reassurance.

The original author, Sydney Norgate, wrote from personal experience of the day-to-day problems caused by the loss of normal speech back in 1984. He described his method of learning substitute speech.

Now updated with the latest information on current speech methods and future developments, the book promises to be an even more valuable source of advice and inspiration to all those facing or recuperating from the operation.

Speaking about the updates, Dr Nicola Oswald MBChB, said: "The prospect of losing the power of speech can be just as daunting as fighting cancer, this book now includes the latest information about speech methods to help and support those learning to speak again, as well as their families and health professionals."

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Our aim is to promote and assist the relief of all people in the UK who have had a laryngectomy – This includes our FREE book ‘Laryngectomy is not a Tragedy’ by Sydney Norgate and Dr Nicola Oswald MBChB.


The Cancer Laryngectomee Trust was formed in 1985 by a laryngectomee, Sydney Norgate, to help provide support and understanding for people who are about to have, or have had, a laryngectomy.


Since the creation of the charity, we have not only provided a vital support network for our members, we have also:

  • Created a mailing list of patients and supporters who receive emergency recognition aids and regular newsletters;
  • Arranged rehabilitation functions for larygectomees and their carers;
  • Promoted awareness and training in allied organisations, such as St Johns Ambulance and The Red Cross;
  • Lobbied Parliament and the DSS in order to gain recognition of the condition as a disability and supported individual members in their application for appeals;
  • Given small grants to members for a variety of purposes.
  • Published the Travel Guide for Laryngectomees
  • Broadcast a BBC Radio 4 Appeal
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