Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Voice Box Cancer Treatment

The treatment for laryngeal cancer often includes some combination of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery to remove part of the larynx. Laser surgery may be an option in some patients. Treatment for severe laryngeal cancer may require surgery to remove the larynx.

Specific treatment of laryngeal cancer may include:

  • Chemotherapy for laryngeal cancer:
    • The administration of medicines that kill cancer cells.
  • Radiation therapy for laryngeal cancer:
    • Exposing cancer cells to radiation can kill them.
  • Laser surgery for laryngeal cancer
  • Partial laryngectomy for laryngeal cancer:
    • Partial removal of the larynx
  • Laryngectomy for laryngeal cancer:
    • Complete removal of the larynx
  • Tracheostomy for laryngeal cancer:
    • A tube is placed through a hole in the trachea, in order to allow air to enter the lungs without passing through the larynx.
    • This may be required if the cancer obstructs the flow of air into the trachea.

Voice Box Cancer Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for laryngeal cancer.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Will I need speech therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
  • Are my children at risk for this condition?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Voice Box Cancer Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat laryngeal cancer:

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Last Updated: Dec 17, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Voice Box Cancer References
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