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  • Expertise and experience. Mayo Clinic surgeons have more than 30 years experience in removing cancers through the mouth and can determine if robotic surgery or another surgical approach is best for you. Mayo specialists have significant expertise in using transoral robotic surgery to remove oral cancers, including cancers of the tonsil, palate, base of the tongue, throat and pharynx. Cancer removal and reconstructive surgery are typically done in a single surgery.
  • Successful outcomes. Mayo Clinic has a multispecialty head and neck cancer team that coordinates surgical care, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, speech and swallowing therapy, and physical therapy to achieve excellent outcomes for you. Compared with many other surgical approaches, minimally invasive transoral robotic surgery typically offers excellent cure rates, shorter hospital stays and fewer complications when removing oropharyngeal cancers.
  • Cutting-edge research. Mayo clinic researchers are actively involved in expanding the use of transoral robotic surgery to other areas of the head and neck.
  • Comprehensive cancer center. Mayo Clinic Cancer Center meets strict standards for a National Cancer Institute comprehensive cancer center, recognizing scientific excellence and a multispecialty approach focused on cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Hospitals for cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked high performing for cancer by U.S. News & World Report.

Mayo Clinic: Answers you can trust

At Mayo Clinic, we assemble a team of specialists who take the time to listen and thoroughly understand your health issues and concerns. We tailor the care you receive to your personal health care needs. You can trust our specialists to collaborate and offer you the best possible outcomes, safety and service.

Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical institution that reinvests all earnings into improving medical practice, research and education. We're constantly involved in innovation and medical research, finding solutions to improve your care and quality of life. Your doctor or someone on your medical team is likely involved in research related to your condition.

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care — and trusted answers — like they've never experienced.

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