Outcomes after surgery or definitive radiotherapy for hypopharyngeal cancer


  • William M. Mendenhall MD

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A study reported in this issue of Cancer found no survival advantage for surgery compared with radiotherapy in a large population-based study of patients treated for squamous cell carcinoma of the hypopharynx. However, other endpoints besides survival are important, including locoregional control, complications, and quality of life.