Tracheal Cancer

Duke specialists use a comprehensive and personalized approach to detect and treat tracheal cancer and benign tumors that grow in your windpipe. We use sophisticated surgical techniques to remove these hard-to-reach tumors, and do everything we can to preserve your ability to function and resume your normal life.

Experts in Tracheal Cancer Treatment

Tracheal tumors are rare and slow growing, which can make them difficult to diagnose and treat. Our doctors and surgeons are expertly equipped to diagnose tracheal cancer early, and use sophisticated surgical techniques to remove tumors promptly. We work as a team, incorporating specialists in ear nose and throat surgery, medical and radiation oncology, reconstructive surgery, and oral surgery. Our goal is to create a personalized treatment plan for the stage and type of your tracheal cancer. We do our best to treat your cancer and return you to your daily activities as quickly as possible.

Choose Duke for your tracheal cancer treatment because we offer:

  • Nationally-ranked cancer program. We are consistently ranked among the best cancer programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, as a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, our tracheal cancer team is recognized for exploring new treatment opportunities through ongoing clinical trials. We offer you the latest research discoveries before they are available elsewhere.
  • Access to ongoing research. You may be eligible to participate in ongoing research that may help you or others with tracheal cancers.
  • A comprehensive team. Our specialists, including otolaryngologists who are experts in head and neck surgery, medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, work together to ensure you receive the best possible care. Specially trained nurses, occupational therapists and speech pathologists help you recover and resume your daily activities.
  • Experienced radiologists. Our radiologists are specially trained to read images for tracheal cancer, and have experience based on doing just that on a regular basis. We use MRI and CT which produce superior quality images with lower doses of radiation exposure.
  • Support to you and your family. Our comprehensive support services range from helping patients minimize the side effects of cancer treatment to coping with the emotional and psychological effects of diagnosis and treatment. View all of our cancer support groups in our event calendar.  
  • Comforting environment. Our Duke Cancer Center features spacious waiting areas, a Quiet Room, large infusion rooms, and a rooftop garden area where patients - based on their treatment regimen - can receive chemotherapy outdoors.



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