Early Laryngeal Cancer

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Abstract

Squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx is the most common malignancy of the upper aerodigestive tract seen in the United Kingdom. The glottis is the most frequently involved sub-site and three-quarters of these patients will present with early disease. Historically, the treatment of choice for all patients with early laryngeal cancer was external beam radiotherapy (RT). This has been challenged over the last decade with the popularisation of transoral laser micro surgery (TLM) as an alternative technique that offers similar locoregional control rates as well as comparable functional outcomes.1 This article aims to give a thorough overview of the presentation, diagnosis, investigation and management of early laryngeal cancer including the evidence behind the changing attitudes regarding definitive treatment.

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