Prognostic indicators for survival in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas: analysis of a series of 621 cases.


Journal Article

BACKGROUND: We sought to study the influence of pT classification, pN status, tumor volume, and number of lymph nodes invaded on survival of patients with head and neck cancers to improve therapeutic indications. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of 621 consecutive patients treated from 1990 to 1997 by a single team. RESULTS: In univariate analysis, pT classification (p < .0001), pN status (p < .0001), capsule rupture (p < .0001), the number of lymph nodes invaded (0, 1-3, 4-9, > or =10) (p < .0001), and the tumor volume (p < .0001) were significantly associated with overall survival. A Cox model identified as independent prognostic indicators age (p < .0001), pT classification (p < .0001), and pN status (p < .0001). CONCLUSIONS: Not only pT classification and pN status but also the number of the lymph nodes invaded and the tumor volume should be considered as essential prognostic indicators, and any clinical trial developed should stratify accordingly.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Le Tourneau, C; Velten, M; Jung, G-M; Bronner, G; Flesch, H; Borel, C

Published Date

  • September 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 801 - 808

PubMed ID

  • 16086415

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16086415

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1043-3074

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/hed.20254


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States