Floor of the Mouth Cancer

David A. Cole, MD; Pushpa M. Patel, MD; Jacqueline R. Matar, MD; Daniel E. Kenady, MD; Yosh Maruyama, MD
Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1994;120(3):260-263. doi:10.1001/archotol.1994.01880270008002.
Text Size: A A A
Published online

One hundred eighty-three patients with floor of the mouth cancer, of whom 162 were evaluable, were treated between 1962 and 1987. Most patients (139) received treatment with curative intent. Forty-seven received surgery only; 45 received radiotherapy (RT) only; 23 received preoperative RT and surgery; 24 received surgery and postoperative RT. A subset of 30 patients received brachytherapy and external beam RT. Overall survival rates were: surgery only, 90%/68% (2 years/5 years); RT only, 65%/45%; preoperative RT, 65%/43%; and postoperative RT, 78%/41%. Patients receiving surgery generally had lower stage disease and good performance status; RT patients generally had higher stage disease—(64% had stages III and IV disease). Patients receiving RT also had over twice the incidence of deaths from intercurrent disease. These were the contributing factors to the lower survival rate of the patients receiving RT. Disease-free survivals were similar between the groups. In contrast, locoregional control was better for patients receiving RT, particularly in the postoperative RT and brachytherapy groups. Locoregional control rates were: surgery only, 59%/52% (2 years/5 years); RT only, 78%/69%; preoperative RT, 75%/58%; postoperative RT, 80%/74%; and brachytherapy, 96%/89%. This advantage in locoregional control was marked in patients with advanced local disease and was evident at 2 years and beyond. Treatment approaches evolved during the study period toward the use of surgery only in lower stages and combined with RT (usually postoperative) in higher stages.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1994;120:260-263)


Sign In to Access Full Content

Don't have Access?

Register and get free email Table of Contents alerts, saved searches, PowerPoint downloads, CME quizzes, and more

Subscribe for full-text access to content from 1998 forward and a host of useful features

Activate your current subscription (AMA members and current subscribers)

Purchase Online Access to this article for 24 hours





Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).
Submit a Comment


Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Sign In to Access Full Content

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.