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Laryngeal Cancer Treatment Options

Different types of treatment are available for patients with laryngeal cancer. Some treatments are standard (the currently used treatment), and some are being tested in clinical trials. Some patients may only need surgery and/or radiation while others may need a combination of treatments, which may include chemotherapy.

At Affiliated Oncologists, our dedicated team of medical oncologists strive to create a unique treatment plan for you based on the stage of your cancer, your general health, and whether the cancer has recurred. The recommended treatments may also change based on where the cancer is located to give you the best chance at keeping their ability to talk, eat, and breathe as normal as possible.

  • Surgery: removal of the tumor in the throat and/or lymph nodes or other tissue in the neck. The American Cancer Society lists several types of surgery options for treating laryngeal cancer.
  • Chemotherapy: the use of drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping the cells from dividing. The specific combination of medicines will depend on the location and stage of the disease as well as what works well for the patient.
  • Radiation therapy: the use of high-energy x-rays or other types of radiation to kill cancer cells or keep them from growing. Hyperfractionated radiation therapy, which is delivered in smaller doses, at a more frequent pace, may be used to treat laryngeal cancer. Instead of one time per day, hyperfractionated radiation therapy may deliver the radiation in two doses per day.
  • Targeted therapy: a type of treatment that uses drugs or other substances to attack specific cancer cells or help to block receptors on cells that cancer cells attach to. Targeted therapies usually cause less harm to normal cells than chemotherapy or radiation therapy does.
  • Immunotherapy: the use of the patient's immune system to fight cancer. Substances made by the body or made in a laboratory are used to boost, direct, or restore the body's natural defenses against cancer. This type of cancer treatment is also called biotherapy or biologic therapy.

At Affiliated Oncologists, we will help determine the best treatment plan by working alongside the surgeon and radiation oncologist. We offer outcome-based treatment, convenient and personalized care, at several South Suburban area locations including Chicago Ridge, Mokena, Joliet, Tinley Park and Hazel Crest.