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Comment & Response
April 2018

Lymph Node Yield as Quality Metric for Clinically N0 Oral Cancer

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 2Yale Cancer Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018;144(4):386. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2017.3333

To the Editor In their research letter, Tsai et al1 evaluated lymph node yield in a cohort of patients with clinically N0 oral cavity cancer from the National Cancer Database (NCDB). They found an association of lymph node yield with survival. With a median node count of 23, they used neck dissections with 24 or more nodes as a variable in a multivariable analysis and found 24 or more nodes to be associated with improved survival.

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