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ISRN Otolaryngol. 2014 Mar 10;2014:529395. doi: 10.1155/2014/529395. eCollection 2014.

Oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma in young women: a matched comparison-do outcomes justify treatment intensity?

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Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, 2233 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA.



The incidence of oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma (OTSCC) in young women is increasing with uncertain outcomes compared to traditional patients. Published outcomes data are at odds in this cohort of young women.


Retrospective analysis comparing demographic, clinicopathologic, and outcomes data of women OTSCC patients younger than 45 years old matched 1 : 2 by stage with men both younger and older than 45 and women older than 45.


No disease-free or overall survival differences were found between cohorts. Young women were significantly more likely to receive radiation therapy, particularly in stage I disease, even when controlling for common pathologic indications.


OTSCC in young women was not associated with worse outcomes compared to a matched cohort of other patients. Increased frequency of radiation treatment for this cohort may not be justified.

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