Research to Study Quality of Life Following Robotic Surgery for Oral Cavity Cancer

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Principal Investigator
Mark J Jameson
Bette Jo Ghamandi
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Official Trial Title
A Single Arm Study of Efficacy and Functional Quality of Life in Patients Treated with Transoral Robotic Surgery for Oropharyngeal and Supraglottic Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Study Description

The Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery and the Department of Radiation Oncology seeks adults, ages 18 years of age or older, with throat or voice box cancer.

The purpose of this study is to learn more about the outcomes of an alternative surgical treatment option for throat and voice box cancers using transoral robotic surgery (TORS) followed by neck dissection. Outcomes are things like how you feel, your ability to swallow, and the status of the cancer. These outcomes will help doctors at UVa better understand the effectiveness of the TORS procedure.

Study involves having the TORS procedure and completion of 3 questionnaires before your surgery and at every clinical care follow-up visit with your physician over the course of 3 years. These questionnaires ask about how you are feeling, your lifestyle habits, and your daily activities. These questionnaires will be collected on paper and/or tablets and take about 30 minutes to complete.

Study-related questionnaires for research purposes will be provided at no cost. You and/or your insurance company must pay for any tests or care given beyond what is provided for research purposes in this study.