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Ian Ganly, Snehal Patel and Jatin Shah Early stage squamous cell cancer of the oral tongue—clinicopathologic features affecting outcome Cancer 118

Version of Record online: 29 JUN 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.26229

The presence of occult neck metastases was the main predictor of outcome in patients with early stage tongue cancer. The results from this study indicated that, with the exception of small superficial (<2 mm thick) T1 tumors, all patients should undergo elective neck dissection to stage the neck, and, if occult metastases are identified, then adjuvant postoperative radiation should be considered.

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