Study: Robotic Surgery Improves Survival for Some Oral Cancer Patients
Feb 23, 2021 Cedars-Sinai Staff
“Oropharyngeal squamous cell cancer” is a mouthful to say—and the back of the mouth, as well as the throat, is exactly where its potentially deadly tumors form.
Removing malignancies from these sensitive areas requires a precise touch. New Cedars-Sinai research shows that adding the exact control of a robotic system is associated with improved survival outcomes.
Transoral robotic surgery arms surgeons with a computer-guided endoscope—a flexible tube with a light and camera—to provide high-resolution, 3D images for targeting malignancies. Using the National Cancer Database, the investigators found that the five-year survival rate for patients undergoing robotic surgery was 84.5%—a 4.2% improvement over traditional procedures. In addition, fewer robotic-surgery patients needed postoperative chemoradiation.
It’s reassuring to our patients that their survival rate is the same if not better with robotic surgery, and they have the potential for a better quality of life