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At the 1987 annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery in Chicago, Randal S. Weber, MD, and colleagues, Houston, presented a discussion of the management of squamous cell carcinoma of the soft palate, uvula, and anterior faucial pillar. A series of 188 patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the palatine complex were studied retrospectively. Prognosis was related to T stage, N stage, or extension to the tongue. Midline or bilateral tumors are also associated with a worse prognosis. Incidence of occult neck metastasis was estimated to be 25% to 30%. The authors advocate external beam radiation therapy for treatment of the primary and occult cervical metastases. Radiation plus radical neck dissection was favored for patients with palpable metastatic disease.
JOHNSON JT. Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Soft Palate, Uvula, and Anterior Faucial Pillar. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1988;114(1):19. doi:10.1001/archotol.1988.01860130023006