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Head Neck. 2014 May;36(5):715-21. doi: 10.1002/hed.23364. Epub 2013 Jul 30.

Efficacy of current regular follow-up policy after treatment for head and neck cancer: Need for individualized and obligatory follow-up strategy.

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Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Seoul National University Boramae Hospital, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The purpose of this study was to report the efficacy of routine follow-up after head and neck cancer treatment.

METHOD:

Data for 520 patients with head and neck cancer registered with between 2002 and 2008 were reviewed retrospectively.

RESULTS:

The mean ± SD follow-up period taken into account was 34.7 ± 22.8 months. The pickup rate for recurrence using our follow-up protocol in this cohort was 1 in every 79 visits (1.26%). High pickup rates were observed in patients older than 70 years and patients with advanced T classification, whereas low pickup rates were observed in patients who had received treatment including surgery. The only factor on multivariate analysis to influence follow-up visits was surgical treatment (p = .043).

CONCLUSION:

Individualized and obligatory follow-up policy is desirable considering various factors, especially age, T classification, and whether treatment modality includes surgery or not.

KEYWORDS:

follow-up; head and neck neoplasms; office visits; recurrence; salvage therapy

PMID:
23616261
DOI:
10.1002/hed.23364
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