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Cancer that occurs in the larynx and pharynx, which includes the base of the tongue and tonsils, is commonly called throat cancer. Throat cancer often develops from squamous cells (flat, thin, scale-like cells) on the moist tissue lining the larynx, pharynx or mouth.

After a diagnosis of throat cancer is made and the stage (extent) of the cancer determined, your doctor will suggest treatment options which may include surgery. Minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery is one of the surgical options available to remove the cancer and prevent it from spreading.

Inova's state-of-the-art da VinciĀ® robotic surgical system helps your doctor perform this precise, delicate operation through a few tiny incisions with enhanced vision, dexterity and control. Robotic-assisted surgery is most effective for early to moderate stages of cancer.

Complete removal of cancerous tissue with robotic-assisted surgery may reduce the risk of cancer returning, and reduce or eliminate the need for chemoradiation after surgery. Research shows that reducing your exposure to chemoradiation can dramatically improve your ability to speak and swallow, with no dependence on feeding tubes.

Benefits of robotic assisted surgery over open surgery include:

  • Excellent cancer control
  • Low rate of complications
  • No visible scarring or disfigurement
  • Low blood loss
  • Minimal need for tracheotomy (breathing tube)
  • Minimal need for chemoradiation therapy
  • Ability to swallow
  • Short hospital stay

Talk with your surgeon about whether robotic-assisted surgery is an option for you. Or call 1-855-My-Inova (1-855-694-6682) for a referral to one of our da Vinci robotic surgical specialists.