Treatment of Laryngeal Cancer

WM Mendenhall, RJ Amdur

Hong Kong J Radiol 2001;4:116-8

Surgery and radiation therapy are the main treatment modalities for laryngeal cancer, although patients with unfavourable disease may require a combination of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging is required to stage the cancer and decide on the treatment modality.

In order to compare treatment modalities, it is necessary to evaluate treatment end-points and data should be analysed using a clinical staging system rather than a pathological system. Follow-up should be of sufficient duration to ensure accurate data analysis. This review will discuss the treatment protocols for laryngeal carcinoma and study requirements for comparison of treatment.