Treatment of Laryngeal Cancer

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The treatment for laryngeal cancer is based on surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, which are applied depending on the size of the tumour.

Early- or intermediate-stage tumours are treated with partial surgery or with radiotherapy. Partial surgery can be minimally invasive surgery (transoral laser microsurgery) or external surgery, which requires a tracheostomy that is usually only temporary.

More advanced tumours require a combination of treatments. This could be a total laryngectomy (removal of the whole larynx) followed by chemoradiotherapy treatment to eliminate any cancerous cells that may remain, or chemoradiotherapy treatment followed by total laryngectomy if there is no response.

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