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April 1973

Squamous Cell Cancer of the Buccal MucosaA Review of 90 Cases

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Pack Medical Foundation, Inc., and the Head and Neck Service, St. Vincent's Hospital, New York (Dr. Conley), and Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, Calif (Dr. Sadoyama).

Arch Otolaryngol. 1973;97(4):330-333. doi:10.1001/archotol.1973.00780010340010

Of 90 cases of squamous cell cancer of the buccal mucosa, the majority occurred in the posterior compartment of the cheek. Sixty-eight percent were T2 or T3 lesions, 48% had regional metastases, 19% had systemic spread, and 40% showed local recurrence. Thirty-nine percent of the patients were treated by surgery alone, and 58% were treated by irradiation initially. The cure rates were 60% with surgery alone, 53% with irradiation, and 16% with surgical ablation in the irradiation failures. The overall cure rate was 38%. The disease predominated strikingly in the older age groups and in men.