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G. Brandon Gunn, J. Matthew Debnam, Clifton D. Fuller, William H. Morrison, Steven J. Frank, Beth M. Beadle, Erich M. Sturgis, Bonnie S. Glisson, Jack Phan, David I. Rosenthal and Adam S. Garden The impact of radiographic retropharyngeal adenopathy in oropharyngeal cancer Cancer 119

Article first published online: 3 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.28195

In a cohort of nearly 1000 patients with oropharyngeal cancer who were staged and irradiated in the modern era, radiographic retropharyngeal lymph node (RPLN) involvement conveys a negative influence on disease recurrence, distant relapse, and patient survival. These benchmark findings highlight the importance of adequate RPLN radiographic assessment, demonstrate why RPLNs are clinically important when formulating therapeutic strategies, and may have implications for design of future clinical studies.

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