Cancer Res Treat.  2004 Feb;36(1):13-18.

Recent Advances in Management of Laryngeal Cancer

  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Korea Cancer Center Hospital, Seoul, Korea.


Laryngeal cancers account for approximately 1.5% (1~2%) of the total cancers in Korea, and 30% of all head and neck cancers, not including thyroid cancer. Early laryngeal cancer is treated by operation, including transoral laser excision or radiotherapy. Advanced laryngeal cancer has been treated with mutilating operations, such as a total laryngectomy. However, a laryngeal preserving approach, which can improve the quality of life, has recently been tried with advanced laryngeal cancer.


Laryngeal cancer; Laser surgery; Neoadjuvant chemotherapy

MeSH Terms

Laryngeal Neoplasms*
Laser Therapy
Quality of Life
Thyroid Neoplasms


  • Fig. 1 Incidence of laryngeal and lung cancers in Korea. (1993~2000, Statistics of Cancer Registration in Korea, National Cancer Center).

  • Fig. 2 Transoral laser surgery (left: preoperation, right: postoperation).


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