Treatment for laryngeal cancer

You might have surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy or a combination of treatments to treat laryngeal cancer.

Preparing for treatment and life afterwards (prehabilitation)

There are things you can do to help you feel more in control of your physical and mental health when preparing for treatment. In the hospital, preparing for treatment is also called prehabilitation or prehab.

Treatment options for laryngeal cancer

Your treatment depends on where your cancer is, how big it is, whether it has spread anywhere else in your body and your general health.


Surgery can be used to remove and try to cure laryngeal cancer, or to relieve its symptoms. See how and when you might have it.


Radiotherapy uses high energy waves similar to x-rays to kill cancer cells. It's often the first choice of treatment for laryngeal cancer.


Chemotherapy uses anti cancer drugs to destroy cancer cells. See why and how you might have it for laryngeal cancer.

Chemoradiotherapy for laryngeal cancer

Treatment with chemotherapy and radiotherapy together is called chemoradiotherapy. You might have this treatment for laryngeal cancer.

Targeted cancer drugs

Targeted cancer drugs change the way cells work and help the body control the growth of cancer. Read about how they work, the drugs used and the side effects.

Follow up

After treatment, you have regular check ups to look for signs of the cancer coming back or spreading. This is called follow up.

Last reviewed: 
27 Sep 2021
Next review due: 
27 Sep 2024
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