Artificial ‘Voice Box’ Implant Helps Cancer Patient Speak

An artificial “voice box” has provided long-term relief for a throat cancer patient in France

The 56-year-old man can now speak with an intelligible whisper and breathe normally, said lead researcher Nihal Engin Vrana.

The patient, who lives in Alsace, received the implant in 2015. He has lived well with it for longer than 16 months, said Vrana, vice president of Protip Medical, the French company that created the artificial larynx.

“This is the first time a patient has had the implant long-term and resumed certain functions such as breathing and voice, thus considerably improving his quality of life,” Vrana said.