Advanced surgical care for head and neck cancer
Transoral robotic surgery, or TORS, is a tool used to view, diagnose and treat tumors in the throat, larynx (voice box) and oropharynx (base of the tongue and tonsils) — including the HPV-related head and neck cancers that are increasingly common in young adults.
These tumors are often difficult to reach and challenging to treat: Open surgery to remove them requires a large incision in the neck and splitting the lower jaw. For some patients, TORS is a minimally invasive alternative that's still highly effective. Using small, precision instruments placed through the mouth, TORS allows the surgeon to see the tumor clearly, then use that visualization to evaluate the tumor for treatment and remove it cleanly if appropriate.
Removing a tumor with a TORS procedure can also minimize the need for radiation and chemotherapy, which can have long-term effects on speech and swallowing. By preserving normal swallowing and speech, TORS gives patients a better quality of life after treatment.
Head and neck cancer surgeons at Rush are some of the leading TORS experts in Chicago. In fact, our team has used TORS since it was a developing technology, and today, Rush is one of the Midwest's leading centers for TORS.
Excellence in Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS)
Expertise you can trust
Head and neck cancer surgeons at Rush have specialized training and years of experience with TORS. They've made Rush one of the leading TORS centers in the Midwest, and continually participate in studies of the procedure’s safety and effectiveness.
A team approach with you at the center
At Rush, we treat the whole patient, not just the cancer. Our multidisciplinary care plans focus not only on how to treat the tumor, but how to address the effects of treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery so you can live your life to the fullest.