Hanyang Med Rev.  2009 Aug;29(3):210-219. 10.7599/hmr.2009.29.3.210.

Transoral Laser Surgery for Laryngeal Cancer

  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Kosin University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea. kdlee@ns.kosinmed.or.kr


The quality of life after surgery for laryngeal cancer may be as important as complete resection of the tumor. Transoral CO2 laser partial laryngectomy for the management of early laryngeal cancer has advangtages with regard to oncological results, preservation of laryngeal functions, complications and cost in comparison to those of open surgery or radiation therapy (RT). Moreover, transoral laser surgery could be a good choice as a salvage surgery in RT-failured early laryngeal cancer. Accumulation of more clinical experiences may lead to consensus for laser surgery as an alternative surgical method to open conserative laryngeal surgery, as it has been with the shift from total laryngectomy to conservative laryngectomy.


Laser surgery; Laryngeal cancer
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