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Voice Box Cancer

There is hope, innovation and support available for those with laryngeal cancer cancer here at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Patient Care and Treatment

The Head and Neck Oncology Program follows a team approach to care. Our patients have their situation discussed not only by our head and neck oncologists, but also by team surgeons and pathologists. By having everyone involved, a personalized treatment plan is developed. In most cases, this discussion happens the same day as the appointment, in our Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Oncology Clinic.

U-M physicians have pioneered efforts to use chemotherapy and radiation as an alternative to radical surgery. Our research has enabled physicians to identify which patients are most likely to benefit from this technique, and studies show that patients have good outcomes without unnecessary side effects. When surgery is the best option, we offer minimally invasive techniques -- including new transoral robotic surgery -- using the da Vinci Surgical System.

At U-M, we use the latest CT and MRI equipment to identify and assess how far a tumor has spread. This helps properly stage the tumor and directly affects the patient's treatment plan. Our surgeons have also developed microsurgical techniques to effectively reconstruct the tongue and palate after tumors are removed. Studies show patients who receive this type of reconstruction do better with speaking and eating compared to those receiving other reconstructive techniques. And our radiation oncologists have lead the way in the newest techniques that deliver life-saving radiation while sparing the salivary glands and throat muscles that are critical to swallowing.


Since our program is part of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, our patients have access to Patient Support Services. To fully understand what this means, please take time to visit the support services area of this website. We outline the services available to our patients at every point in their care.

Make an appointment/referral or have your questions answered

Our Patient Care Center is staffed by oncology nurses and is just a phone call away to answer your questions or to assist you in making an appointment. Please call 800-865-1125 or use our appointment request form.

If you would like to refer a patient, please contact our M-Line service: 800-962-3555.

For more information, visit our Make an Appointment web page.

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