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In an era where the incidence of oropharyngeal cancer has been growing steadily, there is a limited amount of research exploring functional outcomes for individuals whose definitive cancer management approach includes transoral robotic surgical (TORS) resection with or without adjuvant treatment.

This study was designed to examine functional outcome measures related to tongue strength, swallow function, oral intake, and quality of life in individuals newly diagnosed with base of tongue (BOT) cancer whose treatment plan included surgical resection via TORS, with or without a plan for subsequent adjuvant treatment in the form of radiation or chemoradiation. Data was collected preoperatively and at several time points postoperatively.

The purpose of this study was to determine whether TORS resection for early-stage BOT SCCA affected: (a) lingual strength, (b) swallow safety and efficiency, (c) oral intake, and (d) swallowing-related quality of life.

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transoral robotic surgery, tongue carcinoma, dysphagia, quality of life outcomes


Medicine and Health Sciences | Rehabilitation and Therapy


Presented at the 2019 Dysphagia Research Society Meeting

Functional Swallow-Related Outcomes Following Transoral Robotic Surgery for Base of Tongue Carcinoma: A Pilot Study