Postoperative Irradiation for Tonsillar Carcinoma

WILLIAM M. THOMPSON, ROBERT L. FOOTE, KERRY D. OLSEN, DANIEL J. SCHAID, GORDON L. GRADO, STEVEN J. BUSKIRK, JOHN D. EARLE

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Abstract

From January 1975 through July 1987 at the Mayo Clinic, 16 patients received postoperative adjuvant radiation therapy for squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsil (pathologic stage I in 4 patients, stage III in 3, and stage IV in 9). Follow-up was continued for a minimum of 2 years or until death. At 5 years, overall survival was 74% and disease-free survival was 68% for the entire group of patients. The local-regional control rate at 5 years was 83% for 12 patients with pathologic stage III or IV disease; the 5-year disease-free survival rate was 74%. The results with use of postoperative irradiation for stage III or IV tonsillar cancer seem superior to those for a similar historical group of patients who underwent surgical treatment only. Because the number of patients was small and the analysis was retrospective, our study may have included some undetected bias.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)665-669
Number of pages5
JournalMayo Clinic proceedings
Volume68
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

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THOMPSON, WILLIAM. M., FOOTE, ROBERT. L., OLSEN, KERRY. D., SCHAID, DANIEL. J., GRADO, GORDON. L., BUSKIRK, STEVEN. J., & EARLE, JOHN. D. (1993). Postoperative Irradiation for Tonsillar Carcinoma. Mayo Clinic proceedings, 68(7), 665-669. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0025-6196(12)60602-8