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September 1978

Malignant Salivary Gland Tumors of the Palate

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Radiation Oncology, University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1978;104(9):501-504. doi:10.1001/archotol.1978.00790090019004

• Twenty patients with malignant salivary gland tumors of the hard and soft palate were seen at the University of Virginia Hospital from 1956 through 1975. The characteristics of the tumors, including symptoms and histology are reviewed and the results of treatment are analyzed. In particular, the place of radiotherapy in their management has been examined. Primary control by initial surgery alone was achieved in 60% (9/15) of the cases, and, when those patients who received radiotherapy for residual disease or salvage are included, the primary control was 94% (16/17). Five- and ten-year determinate survival rates were 88% and 67%, respectively.

From this retrospective analysis and a review of the literature, it appears that radiotherapy has made a very positive contribution to the management of these tumors.

(Arch Otolaryngol 104:501-504, 1978)

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