JACKSON, Miss. – Patients in the early stages of select head and neck cancers have a less-invasive option for surgery through University of Mississippi Health Care.
Two surgeons in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences have been certified to use transoral robotic surgery (TORS) to treat a variety of benign and select malignant tumors of the mouth, voice box, tonsil, tongue and other parts of the throat. Dr. Gina Jefferson and Dr. Kristen Otto, both assistant professors of otolaryngology, have completed the certification process through M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
The minimally invasive approach, which accesses the surgical site through the mouth, has been shown to improve long-term swallowing function and to reduce risk of airway obstruction while speeding up the recovery time.
Jefferson said it’s important for primary care physicians to recognize the symptoms of patients with head and neck cancer to catch the disease as early as possible. Anyone with the following symptoms should be referred to a head and neck specialist for evaluation: a neck mass lasting for more than two weeks, hoarseness for more than two weeks, one-sided ear or throat pain, a lesion of the mouth that doesn’t heal with antibiotics, unintentional weight loss and coughing of blood.
For more information contact Patrice Guilfoyle at (601) 815-3940.