A Shifting Paradigm for Patients with Head and Neck Cancer: Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS)
October 15, 2010
This paper by Drs. Bhayani, Holsinger, and Lai describes a new approach to an old problem. Advances in the management of head and neck cancer over the past few decades have been made predominantly in the area of non-surgical therapy. Starting with the Veterans Affairs Cooperative Trial for laryngeal cancer in the early 1990’s, advances in the administration of chemotherapy and radiation therapy have enabled patients to forego traditional extensive resections that compromised speech and swallowing function. The advances in combined chemoradiation for advanced head and neck cancer have come with a detriment to some patients in survival and quality of life. Effective treatment, but with decreased morbidity was needed.