If carcinoma of the larynx is suspected, a positive diagnosis, utilizing all of the necessary diagnostic methods, should be made without delay. While the expectancy of life in the average case of untreated cancer is approximately two years, this can be added to only if a diagnosis is made early and adequate treatment is promptly instituted. Surgical treatment, to be effective, must completely remove the growth; this performance is best carried out during the early stages of the disease, a period to be reckoned in months, not years. Successful results in laryngeal cancer therefore depend on early diagnosis and complete surgical extirpation.
It has been the experience of every laryngologist to see patients with hopelessly advanced cancer. A number of these patients failed to consult a physician until the disease was inoperable. Others, receiving treatment for presumptive chronic laryngitis or chronic hoarseness, had no previous examination of the larynx. While
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