Many patients with advanced form of larynx cancer not receiving recommended treatment

Despite findings of previous studies and published guidelines, nearly two-thirds of patients with T4a larynx (“voice box”) cancer are not receiving a total laryngectomy (surgical removal of the larynx), the recommended form of treatment, and as a result, have significantly worse survival rates versus those treated with a total laryngectomy, a new study published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics by experts at Penn Medicine found. Patients who underwent a laryngectomy, on average, lived nearly two years longer than those on chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

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