Laryngectomy – Concepts and Shifting Paradigms The treatment of laryngeal cancer has changed substantially over the past 50 years with advances that maximize both oncological and functional outcomes. Surgically, transoral laser microsurgery and transoral robotic surgery are minimally invasive endoscopic techniques that have evolved from the conventional open partial laryngectomy and total laryngectomy. Along with concurrent ... Article
Article  |   March 2012
Laryngectomy – Concepts and Shifting Paradigms
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jason Xu
    Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Western OntarioLondon, ON, Canada
  • Kevin Fung
    Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Western OntarioLondon, ON, Canada
  • © 2012 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Article   |   March 2012
Laryngectomy – Concepts and Shifting Paradigms
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2012, Vol. 22, 25-32. doi:10.1044/vvd22.1.25
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2012, Vol. 22, 25-32. doi:10.1044/vvd22.1.25

The treatment of laryngeal cancer has changed substantially over the past 50 years with advances that maximize both oncological and functional outcomes. Surgically, transoral laser microsurgery and transoral robotic surgery are minimally invasive endoscopic techniques that have evolved from the conventional open partial laryngectomy and total laryngectomy. Along with concurrent advances in organ preservation radiotherapy and chemotherapy, choosing the best treatment for laryngeal cancer has become more complex. In this paper, we present a brief overview of laryngeal cancer and review the management options currently available, with a focus on advances in surgery. This information is critical for speech-language pathologists to understand as they participate on multidiscliplinary rehabilitation teams with this population.

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