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Ian Ganly, David Goldstein, Diane L. Carlson, Snehal G. Patel, Brian O'Sullivan, Nancy Lee, Patrick Gullane and Jatin P. Shah Long-term regional control and survival in patients with “low-risk,” early stage oral tongue cancer managed by partial glossectomy and neck dissection without postoperative radiation Cancer 119

Version of Record online: 26 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.27872

Patients with low-risk pathologic T1-T2N0 squamous cell cancer of the oral tongue who undergo partial glossectomy and elective neck dissection without receiving postoperative radiation have a greater than expected rate of neck failure, and contralateral recurrence accounts for 40% of cases. Failure occurs predominantly in patients who have primary tumors >4 mm in thickness, and only approximately 33% of patients who develop a neck recurrence undergo successful salvage.

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