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#147629 - 03/31/12 11:23 AM Transoral Robotic Surgery
Anne-Marie Offline
Patient Advocate (old timer, 2000 posts)

Registered: 11/03/06
Posts: 2600
Loc: TN
I was checking youtube recently to see if the segment with Toni Braxton had been posted (it hasn't), I saw a couple of postings for robotics being used in oral cancer surgery - so I decided to check OCF's news site and found the following article about the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine's use of robotics which appears to be so encouraging in providing a less invasive surgery option:

http://oralcancernews.org/wp/transoral-robotic-surgery-gets-fda-approval/

I wonder if anyone here has had any experience with this type of oral surgery?
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Anne-Marie
CG to son, Paul (age 33, non-smoker) SCC Stage 2, Surgery 9/21/06, 1/6 tongue Rt.side removed, +48 lymph nodes neck. IMRTx28 completed 12/19/06. CT scan 7/8/10 Cancer-free! ("spot" on lung from scar tissue related to Pneumonia.)




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#147632 - 03/31/12 02:14 PM Re: Transoral Robotic Surgery [Re: Anne-Marie]
KP5 Offline
"Above & Beyond" Member (500+ posts)

Registered: 10/09/11
Posts: 795
Loc: NY
Thanks Anne-Marie.
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Kathy wife/caregiver to:
Kevin age:53
Dx 7/15/11
HPV16+ SCC Stage IV BOT/R
Non smoker, casual drinker
7/27/11 Cistplatin, taxotere,5FU 2/3week sessions, followed by IMRT 125cgy x 60 (2x daily) w/Erbitux weekly. Last rad 10/26/11. Last Erbitux 10/27/11
PEG placed 9/1/11 Removed 11/8/11
Clear PET 10/2012

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#147637 - 03/31/12 03:46 PM Re: Transoral Robotic Surgery [Re: KP5]
MikeM Offline
Contributing Member (25+ posts)

Registered: 01/21/12
Posts: 39
Loc: California
Anne-Marie, I've seen quite a few people mention TORS in OCF so you should get some good comments.
I'm about 12 weeks out since the surgery and very impressed with the results. In fact, once we learned of the technique it was the reason to do surgery rather than just extensive radiation / and possibly chemo.
After the radical tonsilectomy at Kaiser Walnut Creek, CA, I was swallowing water within 4 days, eating soft food soon after, and stopped the pain meds at about 10 days (4 in hospital, 6 at home).
The only way to go....
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Nov2011Tonsil Cancer Stage3 T1N1 HPV+, Non-smoker, slight drinker
Dec2011 Radical Tonsilectomy (TORS),
Jan2012 Neck Disection areas 2,3,4
Feb2012 Opinions from 5 RO's decision for No Rads/No Chemo
Jan2013 all clear at 1 year , continue regular check-ups
Jan2014 all clear at 2 years, only patient smiling at ENT office

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#147645 - 03/31/12 11:58 PM Re: Transoral Robotic Surgery [Re: MikeM]
Anne-Marie Offline
Patient Advocate (old timer, 2000 posts)

Registered: 11/03/06
Posts: 2600
Loc: TN
That is wonderful, Mike! So glad to hear of your great recovery experience! It is amazing the great advances that are possible with research.
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Anne-Marie
CG to son, Paul (age 33, non-smoker) SCC Stage 2, Surgery 9/21/06, 1/6 tongue Rt.side removed, +48 lymph nodes neck. IMRTx28 completed 12/19/06. CT scan 7/8/10 Cancer-free! ("spot" on lung from scar tissue related to Pneumonia.)




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