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Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology

, Volume 138, Issue 2, pp 341–346 | Cite as

Oral tongue cancer patients show a better overall survival than base of tongue cancer patients

  • Liuyang Zhang
  • Xuan Zhou
  • Xiaofeng Yao
  • Yansheng Wu
  • Qiang Zhang
  • Lun Zhang
Original Paper

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study was to compare the prognosis of oral tongue cancer patients and base of tongue cancer patients.

Methods

One hundred oral tongue cancer patients (group A) were matched with 50 base of tongue cancer patients (group B) for gender, age, T-stage, and tumor differentiation in this study. Survival rate was performed using the Kaplan–Meier analysis, and multivariate analysis was conducted using the Logistic regression model.

Results

There was difference in the survival rate between the two groups. Three- and 5-year OS (overall survival) of the two groups were 65.0, 51.0% for group A and 40.0, 28.0% for group B, respectively. For the two groups, 3- and 5-year DSS (disease-specific survival) were 61.0, 46.0% for group A and 38.0, 26.0% for group B, respectively. Multivariate analysis showed that recurrence (P = 0.019) and regional lymph node metastasis (P = 0.043) were significant between the group A and group B patients.

Conclusion

The oral tongue cancer patients had a better prognosis than base of tongue cancer patients. The difference in prognosis between the oral tongue cancer and the base of tongue cancer patients in this study was closely associated with the recurrence and regional lymph node metastasis. We conclude that the individual treatment should be used for base of tongue cancer patients.

Keywords

Squamous cell carcinoma Base of tongue Oral tongue Disease characteristics Prognostic factors 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors thank Jon Teng for help with modifying the paper.

Conflict of interest

None.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Liuyang Zhang
    • 1
  • Xuan Zhou
    • 1
  • Xiaofeng Yao
    • 1
  • Yansheng Wu
    • 1
  • Qiang Zhang
    • 1
  • Lun Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.The First Department of Head and Neck, Key Laboratory of Cancer Prevention and TherapyTianjin Medical University Cancer Institute and HospitalHexi District, TianjinChina

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