Many people diagnosed with thyroid cancer use some form of alternative medicine. Some of the most popular alternative treatments include nutritional supplements, vitamins, and other diet or nutrition plans. Other popular treatments usually address the psychological and spiritual aspects of thyroid cancer. Such treatments may include meditation, yoga, prayer, and support groups. Overall, maintaining a healthy lifestyle in whatever way you can-through diet, exercise, and sleep-is a good idea no matter what treatment you choose.
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What are the treatments for cancer of the larynx?
People with early laryngeal cancer may be treated with surgery or radiation therapy. People with advanced laryngeal cancer may have a combination of treatments. For example, radiation therapy and chemotherapy are often given at the same time. Targeted therapy is another option for some people with advanced laryngeal cancer.
Surgery is a common treatment for people with cancer of the larynx. The surgeon may use a scalpel or laser. Laser surgery may be performed with a laryngoscope. You and your surgeon can talk about the types of surgery and which may be right for you.
Surgery may change your ability to swallow, eat, or talk. You may need to have reconstructive or plastic surgery to rebuild the tissue. The surgeon may use tissue from another part of your body to repair the throat. You can have reconstructive or plastic surgery at the same time as you have the cancer removed, or you can have it later on. Talk with your doctor about which approach is right for you.
Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to kill cancer cells. It’s an option for people with any stage of laryngeal cancer. People with small tumors may choose radiation therapy instead of surgery. It may also be used after surgery to destroy cancer cells that may remain in the area.
Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells. The drugs that treat laryngeal cancer are usually given through a vein (intravenous). The drugs enter the bloodstream and travel throughout your body.
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are often given at the same time. You may receive chemotherapy in an outpatient part of the hospital, at the doctor’s office, or at home. Some people need to stay in the hospital during treatment.
Some people with laryngeal cancer receive a type of treatment known as targeted therapy. It may be given along with radiation therapy.
Cetuximab (Erbitux) was the first targeted therapy approved for laryngeal cancer. Cetuximab binds to cancer cells and interferes with cancer cell growth and the spread of cancer. You may receive cetuximab through a vein once a week for several weeks at the doctor’s office, hospital, or clinic.
This answer is based on source information from the National Cancer Institute.
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Penn Medicine answeredRadiation oncologists are conducting clinical trials of proton therapy for many types of cancer. They believe it will be especially useful in treating:
- brain and spinal tumors
- gastrointestinal cancers
- lung cancer
- pediatric cancers
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