Patterns of extralaryngeal spread of laryngeal cancer: thyroid cartilage penetration occurs in a minority of patients with extralaryngeal spread of laryngeal squamous cell cancers.

@article{Chen2011PatternsOE,
  title={Patterns of extralaryngeal spread of laryngeal cancer: thyroid cartilage penetration occurs in a minority of patients with extralaryngeal spread of laryngeal squamous cell cancers.},
  author={Susie A Chen and Susan Muller and Amy Y. Chen and P A Hudgins and Dong M Shin and Fadlo R. Khuri and Nabil F. Saba and J J Beitler},
  journal={Cancer},
  year={2011},
  volume={117 22},
  pages={5047-51}
}
BACKGROUND Laryngeal preservation programs for patients with advanced laryngeal squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) have generally excluded patients with T4 disease. The accuracy of preoperative imaging in evaluating thyroid cartilage penetration and extralaryngeal spread (ELS) has previously been questioned. Clinically, SCC spread into noncartilaginous structures may have less of a functional impact when compared with thyroid cartilage penetration. The current study was designed to characterize and… CONTINUE READING
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