Laryngeal carcinoma is a malignant epithelial renewal of cells originating from the throat (larynx). Laryngeal cancer is one of the most common tumours in the head and neck area. Men are mainly affected after the age of 60, and ten times more frequently than women. It is noteworthy that in recent years – as well as lung cancer – the percentage of female patients with laryngeal carcinoma has clearly increased.
The most important risk factors for the development of this tumour are a long-standing and high intake of nicotine and alcohol. Other causes can be viruses and environmental toxins such as asbestos. A genetic predisposition may also lead to the disease.
Patients complain of hoarseness, swallowing difficulties, foreign body sensation, cough (also with an admixture of blood) and pain. In advanced stages, enlarged lymph nodes may be felt in the neck.
Where laryngeal cancer is suspected, a laryngoscopy (an endoscope is fed into the throat), a computer and a magnetic resonance tomography, or if necessary a lymph node biopsy, should be performed for further diagnosis.
The larynx is often surgically completely or partially removed. The removal of the entire larynx (laryngectomy) has significant consequences for the patient: In addition to the loss of voice due to the separation of the respiratory and digestive pathways, rigidities of the nasal mucosa occur, causing problems with smelling.
Recommended therapies for the treatment of laryngeal carcinoma:
Whole body Hyperthermia
For patients with throat cancer, the healing effect of whole-body hyperthermia is that we can very quickly bring the body to high temperatures (up 40.5 °). This fast and high heating activates not only the immune system, but many degenerate cells of the larynx are destroyed by the fast floods of heat. In addition to the damage or removal of the cancer cells, the whole-body hyperthermia stimulates the immune system significantly without impacting the rest of the body. It triggers an immune cascade that activates and multiplies the white blood cells.
At the Hyperthermia Centre Hannover, we recommend photodynamic therapy (PDT) for our patients with laryngeal carcinoma, which specifically destroys diseased cells with light. In the process, a light-activatable substance (a so-called photosensitizer - here: Chlorin) is injected. This triggers a chemical reaction in combination with light of a specific wavelength in the diseased cells, which leads to cell death. The surrounding healthy tissue is spared.
Regional effective hyperthermia is also advisable for throat cancer: during this treatment the region is quickly heated to high temperatures (40 up to 44 ° C). This heat activates the immune system. Also, many cells of throat tumour are harmed or destroyed. In our day clinic at the Hyperthermia Centre Hannover we offer the partial body hyperthermia depending on the diagnosis, and only damaged or degenerated tissue is overheated, which guarantees very gentle treatment to our patients.
Nutritional therapy according to Dr.Gerson, aims at detoxifying the body with the simultaneous addition of many fresh nutrients, which is particularly useful for patients with Throat cancer. The therapy includes special juices, fresh and elaborately prepared and taken throughout the day, along with essentially high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables. These are carefully prepared to release their healing powers, partly as fresh food, in special soups, or gently cooked and steamed. The Gerson therapy is low in sodium, protein and fat.
Neural therapy assumes that chronic ailments are caused by interference fields. Each part of the body, and each pathologically altered organ in the body, can be an interference field. For the treatment of throat cancer, an anti-inflammatory local anaesthetic is injected into the abnormal tissue structure, primarily in the head zone, which causes relief in the aching body area, and at the same time the corresponding organ- in this case the larynx.