Is TLM right for me?

Your physician will play a big role in helping determine if TLM is right for you. TLM is recommended for early stage cancers of the throat.


Treatment options

Surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and Transoral Laser Microsurgery (TLM) are all viable options for treating throat cancer.



“TLM is superior to radiotherapy which is often an over-treatment. Oncological results are often better with laser surgery”



Transoral laser microsurgery (TLM) is a minimally invasive surgery used for early-stage throat cancer. No external cutting is needed for this procedure, because benign and malignant tumors are removed through an endoscope inserted through the mouth.

The surgeon uses a microscope to visualize the diseased tissue and precisely cuts it out using a designated CO2 laser surgical tool.
Thanks to the less-invasive surgical approach, made possible by the advanced Lumenis CO2 laser technology, patients with throat cancer may face fewer postoperative challenges.

Physicians performing cancer surgery on or close to sensitive structures like vocal cords and large blood vessels seek to simplify the procedure while increasing its safety and effectiveness. TLM surgical technique addresses these needs in a very delicate manner by targeting tumors with high precision, in a minimally invasive fashion.

Watch Dr. Chris Holsinger talk about TLM for Throat Cancer
on the Today in America show-


  • Preservation of speech, swallowing and breathing functions
  • Reduced swelling and a lower risk of infection compared to invasive surgery
  • Faster and easier recovery with a rapid return to work and day-to-day tasks
  • Improvement in overall quality of life
  • A lower risk of side effects, compared to invasive surgery
  • Treatment can be repeated and other options remain open in case of incomplete elimination of cancer
  • Results are equal or superior to radiation therapy

Your doctor is your best source of information and guidance.  TLM may be the right option for you, so speak to your doctor to find out more and to help determine what is best for your individual needs.

You will be placed under general anesthesia.
The procedure uses endoscopic instruments and microscopes to view the tumor and a CO2 laser to remove the tumor, without any external cutting or radiation.

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