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Ear, Nose, and Throat (TORS)

Throat Cancer

Throat cancer occurs in your throat (pharynx), voice box (larynx), base of the tongue, or tonsils. More common in adults over 50, men are 10 times more likely to develop the disease. Worldwide, there are about 290,000 cases of throat cancer diagnosed annually.

Studies show people who are dependent on alcohol and/or tobacco have a higher rate of throat cancer. Also, oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), which affects the tonsils and base of tongue, is increasing rapidly among younger people as the rate of the human papillomavirus (HPV) rises. HPV is a virus commonly passed from person to person during sexual activity.

A neck and throat exam may show the presence of cancer. Mucus or phlegm that is coughed up (sputum) may look bloody and a lump may appear on the outside of the neck. Symptoms also can include abnormal sounding breathing, coughing, neck or throat pain, and difficulty swallowing. It is important to be aware of these symptoms since throat cancer is highly curable when found early.

Trans-Oral Robotic Surgery (TORS)

The da Vinci System allows your surgeon to operate through the mouth – similar to other minimally invasive options. da Vinci features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. The da Vinci Surgical System provides your surgeon with enhanced vision, precision and dexterity.

Benefits Include:

  • Precise removal of cancerous tissue
  • Low rate of complications
  • Low blood loss
  • Avoiding a tracheotomy (breathing tube)
  • Minimizing the need for a feeding tube
  • Minimal need for chemoradiation therapy
  • Quicker return to normal speech and swallowing
  • Short hospital stay
  • No visible scarring or disfigurement

Data and content provided in partnership with Intuitive Surgical.