Journal article

The impact of delayed diagnosis on the outcomes of oral cancer patients: a retrospective cohort study

A Thomas, S Manchella, K Koo, A Tiong, A Nastri, D Wiesenfeld

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY | CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE | Published : 2021

Abstract

The contemporary literature is discordant regarding the role of delayed diagnosis in the prognosis of patients with oral cancer. This study examined data on a previously reported cohort of 101 patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma diagnosed at a single institution between 2008 and 2010. The time interval between symptom onset and initial histological diagnosis (diagnostic delay) was recorded for each patient, as were demographic data and cancer features such as T stage, nodal status, and smoking status. The mean follow-up period was 4 years 10 months. The mean diagnostic delay was 4 months, mean overall survival was 5years 6 months, and mean disease-specific survival was 4 years 9 month..

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