Trachea (Windpipe) Cancer


The trachea, or windpipe, is the tube in your throat that carries air between your mouth and nose and your lungs. Tracheal cancer is rare but the most common types of tracheal cancer are squamous cell carcinoma and adenoid cystic carcinoma.

The causes are unknown except that smoking is linked to squamous cell carcinoma.

Things to look out for

Symptoms can include:

  • A dry cough or coughing up blood
  • Breathlessness and wheezing
  • A hoarse voice
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Recurring fevers, chills and chest infections

These symptoms are also common to many other conditions but it is important to see your doctor if you have them. Tracheal cancer is rare, difficult to diagnose and can be mistaken for asthma or bronchitis, which may delay diagnosis.