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.
Removes the tumor, part of the trachea, lymph nodes and surrounding tissues depending on the type and size of the tumor, and if the tumor has spread. Our surgeons use a wide range of surgical approaches, including laser surgery, which can reduce bleeding. Our doctors employ robotic tools to increase precision and visualization as well as allow them to remove hard-to-reach tumors.
MRI and CT imaging technology pinpoints the precise location of the tumor, and target it with beams of high-energy X-rays which destroy the cancer cells. This image-guided approach, used before and after surgery, minimizes damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
Kills or slows the growth of the tumor through medicines and may be recommended if your cancer has spread.
A small sample of tissue is removed and examined under a microscope to look for the presence of cancer. The biopsy may be performed through a thin, lighted tube, called a bronchoscope, which is inserted through the nose or mouth into the trachea.
CT, MRI and PET scans may be used to locate and identify the type of cancer, and to determine if it has spread. We use the latest MRI technology to ensure superior imaging, and CT to produce superior results with less exposure to radiation.
A lighted tube is inserted in the mouth to identify cancer and determine its extent, how big it is and what structures are involved.
Radioactive material is injected into a vein and travels through the bloodstream. A scan of the radioactive material determines if the cancer has spread to the bone.