Journal article

A role for panendoscopy? Second primary tumour in early stage squamous cell carcinoma of the oral tongue

K Koo, R Harris, D Wiesenfeld, TA Iseli

JOURNAL OF LARYNGOLOGY AND OTOLOGY | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Panendoscopy is routinely used for the identification of occult second primary tumours in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. However, its role in low risk subgroups, particularly non-smoking, non-drinking patients and patients presenting with early stage oral cavity lesions, is debatable. METHODS: The records of 112 patients with T₁ or T₂ oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma were retrospectively reviewed. Demographic, disease characteristics and survival data were collected. RESULTS: Average follow-up duration was 71.7 months (range, 3.6-238.3 months). Thirty-five patients died within this period. Thirteen second primary events were identified in 11 patients, with all but 2 tu..

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