Population-based study of competing mortality in head and neck cancer.

  title={Population-based study of competing mortality in head and neck cancer.},
  author={Brent S. Rose and J Jeong and Sameer K. Nath and Sharon M. Lu and Loren K. Mell},
  journal={Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology},
  volume={29 26},
PURPOSE Patients with head and neck cancer (HNC) are at high risk of death resulting from noncancer causes and second malignancies (ie, competing mortality). Variation in competing mortality risk complicates individual treatment choices and design and interpretation of clinical studies. METHODS Using the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results registry, we identified 34,568 patients with nonmetastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck diagnosed between 1994 and 2003. We… CONTINUE READING