The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prognostic impact of the sixth edition of the Union Internationale Contre le Cancer (UICC) classification and different TNM-based stage groupings for malignant tumors of the ethmoid sinuses and the nasal cavity.
We conducted a retrospective analysis of 98 patients with malignant tumors of the ethmoid sinuses and the nasal cavity between 1967 and 2003. The UICC classification of the sixth edition and the T and N Integer Score (TANIS) and Hart were tested for their prognostic significance.
In univariate analysis, all stage groupings revealed discriminatory power for overall survival (OS; p < .05), however, in multivariate analysis only the UICC-stage grouping (p = .033) and the TANIS-8 scheme (p = .044) predicted OS. The TANIS did not have a better prognostic quality than the sixth edition of the UICC classification.
The UICC-stage grouping of the sixth edition is a good prognostic index for malignant tumors of the ethmoid sinuses and the nasal cavity. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck, 2013