MRI and CT imaging technology pinpoints the precise location of the tumor, and then beams of high-energy X-rays destroy the cancer cells. This targeted radiation treatment, used before and/or after surgery, minimizes damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
Medicines that kill cancer cells or stop them from growing are used to treat throat and voice box cancers, both before and after surgery. Our medical oncologists consider your specific type of tumor and assess the risks versus benefits before recommending chemotherapy as part of your personalized treatment plan. We routinely combine the newest chemotherapy drugs with standard drug regimens to achieve a better response, fewer side effects, and improved quality of life.
Removes the tumor and surrounding tissues, depending on the type and size of the tumor and whether or not it has spread. Our surgeons use a wide range of surgical approaches, including laser surgery, which can reduce bleeding. Our doctors also employ robotic tools, which increase precision and allow them to remove hard-to-reach tumors.
In some cases, the entire voice box, including the vocal cords, may need to be removed (a laryngectomy). If you need a laryngectomy, you will have to learn new ways of communicating, swallowing, and breathing. Our speech pathologists provide pre-operative counseling and evaluations, post-operative care in the hospital, and longer-term care on an outpatient basis to teach you how to speak in a new way and how to swallow safely. Our experts will help you adapt to breathing through a stoma (or tracheostomy), which is a small opening in your neck that allows air to flow through your windpipe and lungs. We do everything we can to help you adjust to these changes.