ASTRO LogoHead and neck cancer apparently comprises of cancers of the mouth, nose, sinuses, salivary glands, throat and lymph nodes in the neck. A study claims that head and neck cancer patients who are given induction chemotherapy followed by radiation to protect their larynx appeared to encompass low-risk of acute voice disability and nearly half underwent no eating or swallowing troubles.

Entire larynx elimination with lasting tracheotomy appears to be the present normal treatment for patients suffering from cancer of the larynx. While larynx preservation by means of chemotherapy followed by radiation could be an effectual treatment, the efficient outcomes are said to be frequently not accounted and the standard of life for these patients unfamiliar.

Gilles Calais, M.D., lead author of the study and a radiation oncologist at the Hopital Bretonneau in Tours, France, commented, “For cancer patients receiving treatment to their larynx, it is important to preserve the organ, but it is more important to preserve the function of this organ. This is the first study that analyzes not only the preservation rate but also the preservation of the function of the larynx and the esophagus.”

Scientists at the Hopital Bretonneau in Tours, France, the Centre Hospitalier in Lorient, France, the Centre Paul Papin in Angers, France, the Institut Gustave Roussy in Villejuif, France, and the Institut Sainte Catherine in Avignon, France, examined roughly 213 patients who were given induction chemotherapy with Ciplatin and 5FU devoid of (PF) or with Docetaxel (TPF) followed by radiation and assessed the quality of the voice, the dietary performance and the standard of life.

Post 61 months of follow up, the laryngo-esophageal dysfunction free-survival is said to be 28 percent when averaging the PF arm and the TPF arm. Voice disability was apparently less for approximately 57 percent of patients, with just 15 percent undergoing acute voice disability. About 40 percent of patients did not seem to have any eating or swallowing troubles and roughly 8 percent appeared to need a feeding tube.

The study was presented at the Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium, sponsored by AHNS, ASCO, ASTRO and SNM.