Survival of patients with pathologic T0N+ oral and oropharyngeal cancer after neoadjuvant therapy and surgery: the minority report

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Treatment outcome of patients with oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OOSCC) achieving complete pathologic response at the primary site (ypT0) but incomplete response in loco-regional lymph nodes after preoperative chemoradiation (ypN+) is poorly described in the literature. This study's objective was to assess the survival of patients with OOSCC with ypT0N+ disease.

Study Design.

176 patients with primary locally advanced OOSCC undergoing preoperative chemoradiotherapy were stratified according to the pathologic TNM classification into 6 groups: ypT0N0M0 (46%), ypT0N+M0 (10%), ypTNM I (24%), ypTNM II (4%), ypTNM III (6%), and ypTNM IV (10%).


Three-year overall survival (OS) and recurrence-free survival (RFS) rates for the ypT0N+M0 group were both 61.8% and were similar to those of the ypTNM I group (OS 62.4%; RFS rate of 59.2%).


Survival analyses showed that patients with OOSCC with ypT0N+ disease have a similar prognosis to those with pathologic TNM stage I.

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