Tirelli et al identified factors impacting the quality of life of a patient with surgically-treated oral cancer. These same factors also impact the patient's survival. The authors are from Azienda Sanitaria Universitaria Integrata di Trieste.

Patient selection: surgically-treated oral cancer


Factors that can negatively affect the patient's quality of life:

(1) high N stage

(2) deep tumor invasion

(3) radical tumor resection

(4) radiation therapy

(5) radical neck dissection


The best quality of life was seen with:

(1) pN0

(2) depth of tumor invasion < 5 mm

(3) local resection

(4) absence of radiation therapy

(5) absence of a radical neck dissection

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