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January 1988

Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Soft Palate, Uvula, and Anterior Faucial Pillar

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Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1988;114(1):19. doi:10.1001/archotol.1988.01860130023006

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At the 1987 annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery in Chicago, Randal S. Weber, MD, and colleagues, Houston, presented a discussion of the management of squamous cell carcinoma of the soft palate, uvula, and anterior faucial pillar. A series of 188 patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the palatine complex were studied retrospectively. Prognosis was related to T stage, N stage, or extension to the tongue. Midline or bilateral tumors are also associated with a worse prognosis. Incidence of occult neck metastasis was estimated to be 25% to 30%. The authors advocate external beam radiation therapy for treatment of the primary and occult cervical metastases. Radiation plus radical neck dissection was favored for patients with palpable metastatic disease.

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