Clinicopathological consultation "early" cancer of the larynx: The concept as defined by clinicians, pathologists, and biologists

Antonino Carbone, Alessandra Rinaldo, Alfio Ferlito, Lawrence W. DeSanto, Luigi D'Angelo, Leon Barnes, Kenneth O. Devaney

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Abstract

Since a great deal of confusion surrounds the different uses made by clinicians, pathologists, and biologists of the term, this paper clarifies the concept of "early" cancer of the larynx. Clinically, this is usually a glottic neoplasm in which full cordal mobility is still present; early supraglottic cancer is infrequent, and usually a chance finding. Whatever the site, early laryngeal cancer is a minimally invasive neoplastic lesion that does not invade the muscle or cartilage, but is still capable of metastasis. Being confined to the lamina propria, it is more than a carcinoma in situ but less than a deeply infiltrating carcinoma. Superficial extending carcinoma is therefore an early cancer. Biologically, early cancer belongs to stage II.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-250
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
Volume105
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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    Carbone, A., Rinaldo, A., Ferlito, A., DeSanto, L. W., D'Angelo, L., Barnes, L., & Devaney, K. O. (1996). Clinicopathological consultation "early" cancer of the larynx: The concept as defined by clinicians, pathologists, and biologists. Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology, 105(3), 245-250.