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April 1973

Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity: A Comparison of Therapeutic Modalities

Author Affiliations

Iowa City
From the Department of Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1973;97(4):354-358. doi:10.1001/archotol.1973.00780010364016

A retrospective study of 472 patients with oral cancer is presented. Though the total number of patients included is quite sizable, the number in several individual categories is too small to be conclusive. However, several features did emerge which we feel warrant presentation.

Total determinate five-year survival was 76% with combined therapy, 45% with surgery alone, and 37% with radiation therapy. A relatively high incidence of regional metastases was noted in all categories studied. The survival of patients with Ti lesions of the anterior tongue was no better than those with T2 lesions. Survival of patients treated with radiation alone for carcinoma of the tonsil was markedly poorer when regional lymph nodes were palpable.