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Latest Laryngectomy Stories

2012-05-22 02:33:50

Novel grafts reduces need for permanent tracheotomy, maintain voice and swallowing function Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) surgeons have developed a new technique for reconstructing the larynx after surgery for advanced cancer. In the May Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology, they describe how this approach — which uses cryopreserved aortas from deceased donors to replace removed larynx tissue — allowed patients to avoid a permanent tracheotomy and maintain voice...

2009-06-25 11:11:01

Some patients with large tumors on their larynx can preserve their speech by opting for chemotherapy and radiation over surgery to remove the voice box.A new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that a single round of chemotherapy could identify those patients most likely to benefit from this approach."Organ preservation studies have excluded these patients because their tumors are so large. We found that if a patient's tumor does not respond to...

2009-01-28 08:43:41

Larynx cancer patients treated with alternating cycles of chemotherapy and radiation have similar outcomes to patients treated with chemotherapy followed by radiation, according to data from a randomized controlled trial in the January 27 online issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.Previous trials in patients with locally advanced larynx cancer showed that chemotherapy followed by radiation was as effective as total removal of the larynx, known as laryngectomy, in terms of...