Presented at the 88th Annual Meeting of the American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc., Miami Beach, FL, May 24,1985.
Carcinoma of the tonsillar region†
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Copyright © 1986 The Triological Society
Volume 96, Issue 3, pages 240–244, March 1986
How to Cite
Mizono, G. S., Boles, R., Diaz, R. F. and Fu, K. K. (1986), Carcinoma of the tonsillar region. The Laryngoscope, 96: 240–244. doi: 10.1288/00005537-198603000-00002
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A retrospective analysis of 171 patients with carcinoma of the tonsillar region is presented. The majority of patients (79%) presented with stage III and IV disease. Three year determinate survival was 81% - T1, 74% - T2, 59% - T3, and 20% - T4. The presence of nodal disease decreased survival by one half.
Radiotherapy alone was highly successful in controlling early T1 and T2 lesions of the tonsillar fossa. Surgery alone or combined radiotherapy and surgery was more successful than radiotherapy in controlling early T1 and T2 lesions of the tonsillar pillar. More advanced T3 and T4 lesions also did poorly with radiotherapy alone. An analysis of these results and a review of the literature is presented.