Journal article

Outcomes for patients with synchronous and metachronous primary lung cancer after diagnosis of head and neck cancer

Babak Tamjid, Phuong Phan, Thomas John, Paul Mitchell, Hui Gan

Head & Neck | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Not-infrequently patients with head and neck cancer are also diagnosed with synchronous lung cancer or metachronous primary lung cancer, which complicates the treatment decisions and prognosis. METHODS: Patients were identified from a database of patients with head and neck cancer with second primary non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). RESULTS: Thirty-four eligible patients (15 with synchronous lung cancer and 19 with metachronous lung cancer) were identified. Thirteen of 15 patients with synchronous lung cancer received curative intent treatment for head and neck cancer first. Six of 15 patients were in complete remission, 5 of 15 patients had died, and 4 were alive with progres..

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