Presented at the Meeting of the Eastern Section of the American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc., Boston, MA, January 22, 1982.
1982 Eastern Section Triological Paper
Article first published online: 5 JAN 2009
Copyright © 1982 The Triological Society
Volume 92, Issue 9, pages 989–992, September 1982
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Rabuzzi, D. D., Mickler, A. S., Clutter, D. J., Chung, C. T. and Sagerman, R. H. (1982), Treatment results of combined high-dose preoperative radiotherapy and surgery for oropharyngeal cancer. The Laryngoscope, 92: 989–992. doi: 10.1288/00005537-198209000-00005
From the Department of Otolaryngology, New York Medical College, and Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, NY, (D.D.R.); the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, Syracuse, NY (A.S.M. and D.J.C.); and the Department of Radiology, Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse NY (C.T.C. and R.H.S.)
- Issue published online: 5 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 5 JAN 2009
Fifty-eight patients receiving planned high-dose preoperative radiotherapy followed by en bloc oro-mandibular-cervical resection for oropharyngeal cancer were reviewed. These patients received continued close observation and care from both the Otolaryngology and Radiotherapy services. In light of the ongoing controversy of preoperative vs. postoperative radiotherapy, we present our data demonstrating the value of preoperative radiation.
An overall tumor control rate of 66% was achieved, with an adjusted survival rate of 62%. This was not only for early lesions, but also in patients having advanced (T3, T4) tumor and/or nodal disease (N1–4). These figures are somewhat higher than expected from the literature. A review and discussion of the surgical complications are also presented.