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May 10, 1952

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF CANCER OF THE LARYNX: USE OF MEDIAN THYROTOMY, LARYNGECTOMY, IRRADIATION, AND IRRADIATION WITH SURGERY

Author Affiliations

Philadelphia

From the Department of Bronchology, Esophagology and Laryngeal Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

JAMA. 1952;149(2):119-121. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930190021005
Abstract

All surgeons who treat cancer agree that the most important consideration in its cure is early diagnosis. This applies particularly to cancer of the larynx, since the location of the larynx and the type of malignant lesion that occurs in it make it possible to cure a larger percentage of cancers in this organ than in any other part of the body except the skin. Therefore, it is essential that effort is made in all suspicious cases to secure early diagnosis by careful examination and careful study of the symptoms. The education of the laity toward recognition of the early signs and symptoms of cancer of the larynx is most important. These early symptoms are hoarseness and local discomfort. Emphasis in the lay press and on the radio on hoarseness as a possible danger signal of cancer of the larynx has made it possible for the physician to see many

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