Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) Database


The Medrobotics Flex Robotic System is an operator controlled computer assisted flexible endoscope commonly used for trans-oral surgical (TORS) procedures. The robotic device gives physicians the ability to easily visualize, access, and manipulate tissues and structures within the oropharynx, hypopharynx, and larynx remotely. This is a [..]

Evaluating the Use of an Informational Head and Neck Cancer Website for Patient and Family Education

Achim.V, Brown.L

It can be difficult for head and neck cancer patients and their families to fully understand the impact that cancer procedures and treatments can have on a cancer patient’s life. Procedures used to treat head and neck cancer may result in significant changes to the patients’ physical appearance and/or functional abilities (talking, eating, and breathing). Lack of [..]

Perioperative Nutritional Optimization in Head and Neck Cancer Patients.

Achim.V, S. Scheeler RN

Delayed or poor post-operative wound healing accounts for the majority of complications associated with major head and neck surgery. These complications lead to increased length of hospital stay, increased hospital costs, and delayed adjuvant treatment such as radiation and chemotherapy. The head and neck [..]

Treatment Based Outcome Measures: Databank of Head and Neck Cancer Patients


It is the standard of care in head and neck oncology practice to collect information pertaining to patient quality of life, voice, and swallowing function as part of a comprehensive initial examination, as well as in subsequent follow up visits following definitive treatment for surveillance. In this study, [..]

Antibiotic Usage in Head and Neck Cancer Surgery

Achim.V, Brown.L

Widespread antibiotic usage has led to an increase in antibiotic resistant bacteria and an increase in allergies to antibiotics. Penicillin antibiotics have [..]

Evaluating the Use of Myofascial Release in the Management of Muscle Fibrosis in Head and Neck Cancer Patients

Achim.V, C. Deskin SLP

Patients who have undergone head and neck cancer treatment, often develop post-treatment associated muscle damage. The resulting muscle damage has a long lasting effect on range of motion (ROM) and swallow dysfunction. This is a common early [..]

A Phase 3, Randomized, Double-Arm, Open-Label, Controlled Trial of ASP-1929 Photoimmunotherapy Versus Physician’s Choice Standard of Care for the Treatment of Locoregional, Recurrent Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Patients Who Have Failed or Progressed on or After Two Lines of Therapy.

Wenig.B, Achim.V

Photoimmunotherapy (PIT) is a new cancer-targeted therapy. PIT is a combination drug and device anti-cancer treatment that utilizes monoclonal antibodies conjugated to a dye, that can be activated upon [..]

Incidence of Venous Thromboembolism in Head and neck Cancer Patients After Resection and Microvascular Free Flap Reconstruction


Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a disease process characterized by blood clot formation in the deep veins of the lower extremities, known as deep vein thrombosis. In some, a blood clot may dislodge and travel into the vessels of the lungs [..]