Laryngeal cancer affects more than 12,000 persons every year in the U.S., and occurs in men more often than women. That is because the two main risk factors are smoking and alcohol abuse, which, in the past, have been more common among men than women. As these habits increase among women, the risk for these cancers also increases.
Cancers of the larynx are defined by the location:
Supraglottis (the tissue above the glottis)
Glottis (the middle part of the larynx where the vocal cords are located)
Subglottis (the tissue below the glottis that connects the larynx to the trachea)
There are different types of laryngeal cancer
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (accounts for 95% of cases)
Treatment for laryngeal cancer usually consists of surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy. Often, a combination of approaches is used depending on the stage of the disease and the presence of other medical conditions that may limit a person's ability to tolerate certain treatments.
The Medifocus Guide on Laryngeal Cancer provides answers to the following important questions and medical issues:
What are the most common symptoms of laryngeal cancer?
Are there any recognized risk factors for developing laryngeal cancer?
What kinds of medical tests are used to establish the diagnosis of laryngeal cancer?
What is the current standard of care for the treatment of laryngeal cancer?
What treatment options are available for the management of laryngeal cancer?
Are there any promising new developments or potential breakthroughs in treatment?
Who are the most notable medical authorities who specialize in laryngeal cancer?
Where are the leading hospitals and centers of research for laryngeal cancer?
What are the most important questions to ask my doctor about laryngeal cancer?
What Your Doctor Reads:
This MediFocus Guide contains an extensive listing of citations and abstracts of recent journal articles that have been published about this condition in trustworthy medical journals. This is the same type of information that is available to physicians and other health care professionals. A partial selection of journal articles that are abstracted in this MediFocus Guide includes:
Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis of the larynx: current diagnosis and treatment. Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America. 2000
Nonsurgical treatment of advanced metastatic cervical disease in cancer of the larynx. 2000
Surgical treatment of the neck in cancer of the larynx. 2000
The pathology of neck dissection in cancer of the larynx. 2000
Diagnostic procedures for detection of lymph node metastases in cancer of the larynx. 2000
The pathology and management of subglottic cancer. European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology. 2000
Asbestos exposure and laryngeal cancer. Annals of Occupational Hygiene. 2000
Markers in cancer of the larynx and pharynx. Clinical Otolaryngology & Allied Sciences. 2000
Granular cell tumors of the larynx. Journal of Voice. 2000
Comparing treatment outcomes of radiotherapy and surgery in locally advanced carcinoma of the larynx: a comparison limited to patients eligible for surgery. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics. 2000
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