Early Outcomes of Transoral Laser Microsurgery for T1-T2 Oropharyngeal Cancer


  • Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City, School of Medicine, Ho Chi Minh City, 700000, Viet Nam
  • Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City, School of Medicine, Ho Chi Minh City, 700000, Viet Nam


The optimal treatment strategy for oropharyngeal carcinoma is highly debated. However, growing evidence supports the use of minimally invasive techniques, such as Transoral Laser Microsurgery (TLM), as a first-line treatment modality for these carcinomas. The purpose of our study was to assess the efficacy and safety of TLM for the treatment of early oropharyngeal carcinomas. This is a prospectively observational study of 30 early stages (T1/T2) oropharyngeal cancer patients who underwent transoral laser microsurgery from January 2016 to March 2019. 30 patients of early-staged oropharyngeal carcinoma (19 tongues, 5 soft palates, 4 tonsils and 2 posterior pharyngeal walls) were included in this study. 19 (63.3%) patients were male and 11 (36.7%) were female. The mean age was 54.8 years (± 10.6 years). 76.7% tumours are T1 and 23.3% T2. The bleeding complications occurred in 2 patients. The most frequent complication of TLM was bleeding. 30% of patients had normal voices and a further 63.3% had only mild or moderate voice change. At their last follow up, no patients had any difficulty in breathing or swallowing. TLM is a safe, minimally invasive and effective method in the treatment for early oropharyngeal cancer


Carbon Dioxide Laser, Oropharyngeal Carcinoma, Transoral Laser Microsurgery

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