Risk Factors Associated with Disease Recurrence in Patients with Stage III/IV Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity Treated with Surgery and Postoperative Radiotherapy.


Journal Article

AIM: The purpose of the present study was to identify variables associated with high risk of failure in patients with locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity (SCC-OC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: This retrospective study included 191 patients with stage III-IVb SCC-OC treated with post-operative radiotherapy (RT) or chemoradiotherapy (CRT) between 1995 and 2013. Disease-free (DFS) and overall survival (OS) were analyzed; variables associated with inferior DFS were identified. RESULTS: Seventy-five patients (39%) recurred. DFS and five-year OS were 52% and 54%, respectively. Poorly differentiated tumors (p=0.03), recurrent tumors (p=0.02) and high nodal ratio (p=0.02) were associated with an increased risk of recurrence. CRT was associated with improved DFS in patients with positive margins and/or extracapsular extension (p=0.021). CONCLUSION: Tumors that are recurrent, high grade, or have high nodal ratio are at risk of recurrence. Presence of these disease features should be taken into consideration for better risk stratification.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Noble, AR; Greskovich, JF; Han, J; Reddy, CA; Nwizu, TI; Khan, MF; Scharpf, J; Adelstein, DJ; Burkey, BB; Koyfman, SA

Published Date

  • February 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 785 - 792

PubMed ID

  • 26851040

Pubmed Central ID

  • 26851040

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1791-7530


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Greece