Research Article| Volume 110, ISSUE 4, P549-551, October 1965

Carcinoma of the lip

A comparison of five year results after irradiation and surgical therapy
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      In our series the data dealing with location, age, sex, duration, size, node involvement, and grading are comparable to those published elsewhere [2]. Correlation with exposure to the sun is lower than commonly reported.
      Eighty-seven per cent of the patients operated upon were free of tumor for five years. With radiotherapy 77 per cent were free of tumor. With reoperation the five year survival rate was 90 per cent for the surgical group and 91 per cent for the irradiated group. These values are also comparable to those previously published [2,3].
      Cure rate of patients with involved nodes was relatively high (44 per cent) [4]. There was, as described in other reports, a definite inverse relationship between tumor size, duration, anaplasia, and curability [2–6].
      It is interesting that 60 per cent of our patients with postirradiation recurrences were salvaged by subsequent operation.
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