Elective versus Therapeutic Neck Dissection in Node-Negative Oral Cancer.

@article{Dcruz2015ElectiveVT,
  title={Elective versus Therapeutic Neck Dissection in Node-Negative Oral Cancer.},
  author={Anil D'cruz and Richa Vaish and Neeti Madan Kapre and Mitali Dandekar and Sudeep Gupta and Rohini Hawaldar and Jai Prakash Agarwal and Gouri Pantvaidya and Devendra Arvind Chaukar and Anuja D. Deshmukh and Shubhada Kane and Supreeta Arya and Sarbani Ghosh-Laskar and Pankaj Chaturvedi and Prathamesh S Pai and Sudhir Nair and Deepa Nair and Rajendra Badwe},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  year={2015},
  volume={373 6},
  pages={521-9}
}
BACKGROUND Whether patients with early-stage oral cancers should be treated with elective neck dissection at the time of the primary surgery or with therapeutic neck dissection after nodal relapse has been a matter of debate. METHODS In this prospective, randomized, controlled trial, we evaluated the effect on survival of elective node dissection (ipsilateral neck dissection at the time of the primary surgery) versus therapeutic node dissection (watchful waiting followed by neck dissection… CONTINUE READING
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