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Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2003 Mar;128(3):419-25.

Multiple primary tumors in patients diagnosed with hypopharyngeal cancer.

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University Hospital Nottingham, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

There have been few series to report on the incidence of multiple primary tumors associated with hypopharyngeal cancer. A unique consecutive patient group in a closed community who were treated by a single surgeon was available. The incidence and effect of multiple primary tumors were unknown.

STUDY DESIGN:

We sought to assess (1) the incidence of multiple primary tumors among patients with hypopharyngeal cancer who were treated at a tertiary center, (2) the incidence of synchronous and metachronous tumors, and (3) the location of these multiple primary tumors and their effect on patient survival.

METHODS:

We conducted a retrospective study of case notes of 150 consecutive patients with hypopharyngeal malignancy treated by a single surgeon between 1983 and 1998. Information was compiled from the patients' medical records and death data from the Family Health Services Authority.

RESULTS:

Thirty-four patients had multiple primary tumors (22.6%). There were 22 men and 12 women; piriform fossa tumor was seen in 21 men and 6 women, and postcricoid space tumor was seen in 6 women and 1 man. Second primary tumors were synchronous in 7 patients, subsequent to hypopharyngeal tumor in 5 patients, and antecedent to hypopharyngeal tumor in 14 patients. Eight patients had 2 primary tumors, of which 4 were synchronous, 4 were subsequent, and 8 were antecedent to hypopharyngeal malignancy. On the last review (2001), 3 patients were alive, and 31 had died: 17 had died from primary malignancy, 11 from another malignancy, and 3 from unrelated causes.

CONCLUSION:

The presence of second primary tumors in hypopharyngeal cancer is higher than previously reported, and their presence had a significant effect on the patients' survival.

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