The Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) participates with Massey Cancer Center in a multi-specialty approach to the treatment of head and neck cancer. In addition to encompassing the full array of surgical and reconstructive options, several organ-preservation protocols are in place.
The department works with five other specialties to individualize and maximize therapy for head and neck tumors. This close collaboration not only improves standard treatment options, but also provides patients access to technologically advanced surgical procedures involving skull-base tumors and utilizing free flap reconstruction. In addition, combined chemoradiation therapy and intensity-modulated radiation therapy have in part been developed at VCU and are widely used treatment options.
Treatment of laryngeal cancer
Specific treatment for laryngeal cancer will be determined by your physician based on:
- Your age, overall health and medical history.
- Extent of the disease.
- Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures or therapies.
- Expectations for the course of the disease.
- Your opinion or preference.
Treatment may include one (or a combination) of the following:
- Radiation therapy – to kill cancerous cells or keep them from growing.
- Surgery – to remove the cancerous cells or tumor.
- Chemotherapy – to kill cancerous cells.