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Study examines factors associated with survival in advanced laryngeal cancer
Date:12/17/2007

aid, Medicare or other government health plan coverage were more likely to die than those with private insurance. We do not believe that insurance status in this analysis represents differential treatment or quality of care for patients with advanced laryngeal cancer, the authors write. Rather, insurance status is likely a proxy for multiple medical care issues, including usual source of medical care, participation in screening and preventive care activities and exposure to related risk factors, including alcohol and/or tobacco use and poor diet, all of which can influence overall survival.

In conclusion, this analysis demonstrates that total laryngectomy yields the highest likelihood of survival for patients with advanced laryngeal cancer, the authors write. These results differ from those of previous analyses comparing total laryngectomy and chemo-radiotherapy, suggesting that caution is needed when applying clinical trial findings to broader medical care settings and populations.


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