Patients with cancer of the larynx are likely to retain their voice and avoid surgery if they are treated simultaneously with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, say investigators who have conducted a nationwide study.
The findings are so significant they should become the new standard of care for stage III and IV laryngeal cancer, says one of the studys lead investigators, Moshe Maor, M.D., professor of radiation oncology at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
"There is no question that this is the best treatment option for those patients who can tolerate chemotherapy," says Maor, who presented results of the eight-year, 517-patient trial during a "Best in Oncology" special session at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
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