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Published on Feb 2, 2012
Carrie Kramer was eight months pregnant with her fourth child when she learned she had a cancerous tumor on her tonsil and palate. Another hospital told Carrie that to remove the tumor she'd have to undergo a grueling operation to open her lip and jaw bone. She also would then face radiation and chemotherapy. As a young wife and pregnant mother of three, fearing these aggressive approaches, Carrie came from Connecticut to see Dr. David Kutler, otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon at NYP/Weill Cornell. He felt that minimally invasive surgical techniques could help Carrie. Concerned given her pregnancy, they consulted with OB/GYN Dr. Mehmet Genc to determine the best timing for her surgery. First, Carrie delivered a healthy, full-term baby boy, and shortly thereafter, Dr. Kutler removed Carrie's tonsil cancer using robotic surgery. Carrie is now cancer-free with no need for follow-up treatment. She is now back to running a busy household and being a mom to her four beautiful boys.