Cancer of the tongue

A. B. Cruz, J. B. Aust

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Abstract

Cancer of the tongue despite its easily accessible location defies early diagnosis and treatment in a large number of patients. Despite the use of combined modality treatment, including the standard surgical and radiation therapy plus chemotherapy, long-term survival rates have remained largely unchanged. There are subtle indications, however, that chemotherapy may favorably affect the outcome of combined therapy, but good prospective, randomized clinical trials are in order to prove this impression. Radical surgical therapy is still being used but to a lesser degree, more conservative technical modifications being used more frequently. Public and professional education must encourage prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment to make any headway in improving cure rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-151
Number of pages18
JournalProblems in General Surgery
Volume5
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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