[CO2 laser surgery for the treatment of vocal cord carcinomas in early stages (T1 T2)].

The standard treatment for patients with early vocal cord carcinoma has been radiotherapy. In recent years, encouraging results with CO2 laser surgery has changed our treatment strategy in selective cases. During the past four years at the Rabin Medical Center we have treated patients with carcinoma of the vocal cord using CO2 laser surgery.
We conducted a retrospective study to investigate the results of the Head and Neck Surgery department with CO2 laser treatment for squamous cell carcinoma of the vocal cord during early stages (T1, T2) without radiotherapy.
Twenty one patients with carcinoma of the vocal cords in early stages were treated with CO2 laser. Nineteen patients suffered from stage T1 carcinoma located in one vocal cord, three of these patients suffered from involvement of the anterior commissure and one patient also had involvement with the anterior part of the second vocal cord. Two patients with carcinoma in stage T2, one with involvement of the ventricular band and one with limited movement of the vocal cord. The follow-up period for the patients ranged from one month to four years.
Only one patient in stage T1 developed local recurrence after half a year, no patients died during the follow-up.
Careful patient selection with endoscopic staging also during the biopsy, removal of the carcinoma in free border, strict follow-up and stroboscopic examination are essential to secure good results in the treatment of CO2 laser for early stages of vocal cord carcinoma.
AuthorsJacob Shvero, Rumelia Koren, Liza Zohar, Tuvia Hadar, Raphael Feinmesser, Karol Segal
JournalHarefuah (Harefuah) Vol. 141 Issue 12 Pg. 1014-6, 1092 (Dec 2002) ISSN: 0017-7768 [Print] Israel
PMID12534194 (Publication Type: English Abstract, Journal Article)
  • Carcinoma (pathology, surgery)
  • Humans
  • Laryngeal Neoplasms (pathology, surgery)
  • Laser Therapy (methods)
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Vocal Cords (surgery)

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