I had a total laryngectomy due to papillary thyroid cancer (the good one, ha) 12/30/15. I breathe through a stoma, not through my mouth or nose, and I speak with an electrolarynx. I'm confused because in one area it sounds like I would be a candidate for the larynx transplant and two a year are being done, but then in the comments, the program will not be available for a few years? Please confirm. Am I missing something? Obviously, people like me would be very interested in being able to breathe and speak as close to normal as possible. I am very interested in this program and hope it's available closer than a few years.
Dr. Lott says, "The trial is running now but we don’t anticipate opening it to current laryngectomy patients for a few years. That patient population is more difficult since it might be challenging to find the blood vessels and nerves once they have already had a laryngctomy."