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Background: The aim was to determine the reliability and reproducibility of sentinel node biopsy (SNB) as a staging tool in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) for T1/2 clinically N0 patients by means of a standardized technique. Methods: Between June 1998 and June 2002, 227 SNB procedures have been performed in HNSCC cases at six centers. One(More)
Sentinel node biopsy (SNB) may represent an alternative to elective neck dissection for the staging of patients with early head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). To date, the technique has been successfully described in a number of small single-institution studies. This report describes the long-term follow-up of a large European multicenter trial(More)
Involvement of the cervical lymph nodes is the most important prognostic factor for patients with oral/oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), and the decision of whether to electively treat patients with clinically negative necks remains a controversial topic. Sentinel node biopsy (SNB) provides a minimally invasive method for determining the disease(More)
AIM The aim of the present FDG PET study was to evaluate the prognostic value of the standardized uptake value (SUVmax) of head and neck cancer (HNSCC) with respect to the chemotherapy response and tumor recurrence. METHODS The FDG PET findings of 40 patients with HNSCC were compared with the final histopathology results after removal of the primary tumor(More)
AIMS Recurrent and/or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) develops in around 72,000 people in Europe every year. Treatment options are limited, mainly consisting of platinum-based palliative chemotherapy, with median overall survival times of only 6-8 months. No standard second-line treatment after progression on platinum-based(More)
BACKGROUND One neoadjuvant course of intra-arterial high-dose cisplatin (cis-diamminedichloroplatinum [CDDP]) tumor perfusion combined with intravenous sodium thiosulfate (STS) (cisplatin neutralizer) infusion is part of a multimodality concept for treatment of oral cancer. Recently, crystalline cisplatin embolization has been described as a novel treatment(More)
Neoadjuvant chemotherapy in patients with primary squamous cell carcinomas of the oral cavity should lead to high remission rates whilst having low morbidity. Efficacy can also be enhanced by treating small tumour stages. As part of a multi-modality therapy of all stages of primary oral cavity carcinoma, 103 patients were treated with neoadjuvant(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Patients with cancer of the oral cavity often present with advanced tumor stages, distant metastasis, or severe comorbidities, which render radical surgery unfeasible. The purpose of this study was to investigate the response rate, technical feasibility, and safety of intra-arterial (IA) chemotherapy as palliative treatment in this(More)
BACKGROUND Modern treatment concepts for patients suffering from oral and oropharyngeal cancer include more and more adjuvant therapeutic options. Local chemotherapy offers the possibility to apply an extremely high drug concentration at the tumor site while minimizing possible side effects by systemic neutralization at the same time. PATIENTS AND METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Anthropometric measurements, described and assessed in Part I of this article were applied in dysgnathic patients. Diagnosis, surgical planning and follow-up were performed and soft tissue ratios quantified. MATERIAL AND METHODS One hundred and seventy-five anthropometric measurements and 146 cephalograms of 100 patients were(More)