Last Modified: June 8, 2012
I have to have chemotherapy and radiation at the same time for laryngeal cancer. Why do them at the same time (seems like it will be pretty hard) and why is this done before my surgery?
Alexander Lin, MD, Radiation Oncologist at Penn Medicine, responds:
A large study has shown that chemotherapy and radiation, given at the same time, leads to best results with respect to control of larynx cancers, when compared to giving radiation alone or chemotherapy and radiation given separately. If your chemotherapy and radiation treatments are successful, there may not be a need for you to undergo surgery.
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Dec 22, 2014 - In patients with head and neck cancer, having surgery or chemotherapy may influence their likelihood of completing radiotherapy, according to research published in the September Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery.