• GW Head and Neck Cancer Program
  • Minimally Invasive Treatment Options
  • A multidisciplinary team of head and neck specialists at the GW Cancer Center works to develop a treatment plan based on the cancer’s location and stage. Patients may receive minimally invasive laser surgery, open surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation. Treatment is individualized while following established national guidelines.

Program Information

Transoral robotic-assisted surgery (TORS)

Transoral robotic-assisted surgery (TORS) is available for some conditions of the head and neck, including select cancers.  During transoral procedures, a surgeon operates through the patient’s mouth instead of long incision through the throat and jaw, avoiding facial disfigurement and a tracheotomy. In the case of robotic-assisted transoral procedures, the surgeon has the benefit of 3-D visualization as the camera gets close to the surgical field. 

Conditions which are now being treated with transoral robotic-assisted surgery include:

  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech and swallowing therapists
  • Certified Lymphedema therapists

The da Vinci® Surgical System

Surgeons at GW Hospital use the da Vinci® Surgical System to perform robotic gynecologic surgeries for endometriosis, hysterectomy and myomectomy. Benefits of robotic surgery include fewer complications, less pain and scarring, shorter hospital stays and faster recoveries.

Title Description
E1305: A Phase 3, Randomized Trial of Chemotherapy with or without Bevacizumab with Recurrent or Metastatic Head and Neck Cancer

The purpose of the study is to find out whether adding a new drug (Bevacizumab) to the standart platinum-based chemotherapy will help improve the survival of patients whose head and neck cancer has either returned after chemotherapy or spread throughout the body.

GWCC Head and Neck Cancer Program
2300 M Street, NW 4th Floor
Washington , DC
United States

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