Survival and recurrence of resectable tongue cancer: Resection margin cutoff value by T classification

Doh Young Lee, Sung Hoon Kang, Jae Hyung Kim, Min Su Kim, Kyoung Ho Oh, Jeong Soo Woo, Soon Young Kwon, Kwang Yoon Jung, Seung Kuk Baek

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Background: The purpose of this study was to determine an appropriate cutoff value for the resection margin according to the initial T classification. Methods: The medical records of 151 patients treated by surgery for tongue cancer were retrospectively reviewed to identify the significant perioperative parameters and appropriate cutoff value associated with disease-specific survival (DSS) and recurrence-free survival (RFS). Results: The posterior resection margin was significantly correlated with survival and local recurrence (P =.020 and.016, respectively), whereas the deep resection margin was correlated with overall recurrence (P =.047). The cutoff values of the posterior and deep resection margins for survival and recurrence were different and larger in the advanced-stage T classification group (0.45 cm vs 0.95 cm and 0.25 cm vs 0.80 cm, respectively). Conclusion: Posterior and deep resection margins are significant prognosticators in tongue cancer. A larger resection margin may be needed in advanced-stage T classification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-291
Number of pages9
JournalHead and Neck
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Feb

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  • recurrence
  • resection margin
  • survival
  • tongue cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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