Carcinoma of the tonsillar region. Results of external irradiation

Daphne Tong, George E. Laramore, Thomas W. Griffin, Anthony H. Russell, Donald W. Tesh, Willis J. Taylor, James A. Martenson

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A retrospective analysis is made of 104 patients treated with photon megavoltage radiotherapy for squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsillar region during the period 1965–1975. Moderately differentiated squamous cell carcinoma was the most common histological grade. Fifty‐three per cent of the cases presented with cervical lymphadenopathy with three cases of bilateral involvement. The three year local control rate was 100% for Stage I, 74% Stage II, 49% Stage III, and 33% Stage IV. Two Stage III cases and one Stage IV case developed subsequent contralateral neck disease. No patient with either T1N0 or T2N0 tumor failed in the ipsilateral or contralateral neck despite the fact that 42% of the T1N0 cases and 37% of the T2N0 cases were treated with unilateral portals. The prognostic significance of the T and N stages, treatment techniques, as well as dose response relationships are analyzed and the literature is reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2009-2014
Number of pages6
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 15 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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