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U-M study finds voice box can be preserved, even with the largest cancers
Date:6/25/2009

ome with unpleasant and serious side effects, avoiding surgery allows patients to retain their voice. The study found that people who preserved their larynx reported better quality of life and less depression than those who had surgery. Few people required a feeding tube or tracheostomy.

"If the patient failed chemotherapy up front, he or she could go straight to surgery and avoid the side effects of chemo-radiation," Worden says. "Meanwhile, a large group of patients get to preserve their voice box by avoiding laryngectomy."

"We saw no survival difference between the smallest and the largest tumors, which suggests that organ preservation is a viable alternative to surgery for some of the largest laryngeal cancers," he adds.

Laryngeal cancer statistics: 12,290 Americans will be diagnosed with laryngeal cancer this year and 3,660 will die from the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute


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Contact: Nicole Fawcett
nfawcett@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
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