Transoral surgery (TOS) in oropharyngeal cancer: Different tools, a single mini-invasive philosophy

Giancarlo Tirelli, Francesca Boscolo Nata, Marco Piovesana, Eliana Quatela, Nicoletta Gardenal, Richard E Hayden

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

11 Scopus citations


Surgery with or without adjuvant therapy and radiotherapy with or without chemotherapy have traditionally represented the possible treatment options for oropharyngeal cancer. The adverse effects of non-surgical treatments and recent technical innovations have prompted a new interest in the surgical approach. However, in parallel to the possibility of achieving radical cancer clearance, we should remember the impact that traditional open surgery has on the patient's cosmesis, functionality and quality of life. As a result, transoral surgery is an attractive option for oropharyngeal tumors. The term “transoral surgery” only indicates that the tumor is accessed and resected via the oral cavity, but the surgeon can choose among different resection methods, such as transoral laser microsurgery, transoral robotic surgery, transoral videolaryngoscopic surgery, endoscopic laryngo-pharyngeal surgery, and transoral ultrasound surgery. The aim of this paper is to review the recent literature on the transoral treatment of oropharyngeal cancer, to standardize the terminology of transoral procedures, analyzing the common aspects, main differences and future perspectives of the various forms of transoral surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)643-649
Number of pages7
JournalSurgical Oncology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018


  • Oropharyngeal cancer
  • Transoral laser microsurgery
  • Transoral robotic surgery
  • Transoral surgery
  • Transoral ultrasound surgery
  • Transoral videolaryngoscopic surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


Dive into the research topics of 'Transoral surgery (TOS) in oropharyngeal cancer: Different tools, a single mini-invasive philosophy'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this