Laryngologists are unanimous in their opinion that early diagnosis and complete removal are essential in the successful surgical treatment of cancer.1 In order to assure oneself that the measures employed in treatment fulfil the latter requirement it is necessary to study one's cases from the standpoint of end results. This report is based on an experience with 250 cases of cancer of the larynx treated by laryngofissure or laryngectomy. Certain general information will be considered, and statistical data bearing on postoperative mortality, local recurrence, metastasis and surgical procedures will be discussed.
It is estimated that about 4 per cent of all malignant tumors occur in the larynx. This information is based almost entirely on actuarial data and death certificates, since cancer is a reportable disease in but few localities. Cases of successful treatment therefore are not included in figures indicating the incidence of cancer. On the basis of fatalities
CLERF LH. CANCER OF THE LARYNXAN ANALYSIS OF TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY OPERATIVE CASES. Arch Otolaryngol. 1940;32(3):484–498. doi:10.1001/archotol.1940.00660020488006