Once the tumors have been removed, they have a tendency to return. It is common for affected individuals to require repeat surgery. In the most extreme cases where tumor growth is aggressive, a tracheostomy may be performed.
Adjuvant therapies—therapies that are used in addition to surgery—have been used to treat more severe cases of RRP. Drug treatments may include antivirals such as interferon and cidofovir, which block the virus from making copies of itself, and indole-3-carbinol, a cancer-fighting compound found in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts. To date, the results of these and other adjuvant therapies have been mixed or not yet fully proven.Two articles from eMedicine Journal provides comprehensive information on treatment for recurrent respiratory papillomatosis at the following links. You may need to register to view these articles, but registration is free.
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I have had recurrent respiratory papillomatosis for 14 years. My vocal cords have an HPV infection that grows papillomas. I tried interferon treatment and for nine months, nothing grew. When the treatment was stopped, the papillomas returned with a vengeance. I then underwent CO2 laser ablation with Cidofofir injections, which was done 30 times. I am losing my voice to scar tissue. Are there any new therapies that might halt these growths? See answer