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March 1971

Survival Rates in Cancer of the Tongue, Tonsil, and Hypopharynx

Author Affiliations

Charleston, SC
From the Department of Otolaryngology, Medical University of South Carolina, 80 Barre St, Charleston, SC.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1971;93(3):271-274. doi:10.1001/archotol.1971.00770060409008

A total of 168 cases of cancer of the tongue base-vallecula, tonsil-tonsillar fossa, and hypopharyngeal area were studied to determine their respective survival rates. The tongue base-vallecula area was involved in 40 cases with a three-year survival rate of 26% and a five-year rate of 22%. In the 41 cases of tonsil-tonsillar fossa lesions, three-year survival rates were 22% and five-year survivals were 6%. Among the 87 patients with lesions of the hypopharynx three-year and five-year survival rates were 14% and 8%, respectively.

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