Lymph node dissection can aid in oral cancer survival

June 2, 2015

Issue 6

Being proactive with early-stage oral cancers is critical, according to a new study presented at the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, which was held May 29-June 2 in Chicago.

Being proactive with early-stage oral cancers is critical, according to a new study presented at the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, which was held May 29-June 2 in Chicago.

Cancer Network, home of the journal ONCOLOGY, reports elective lymph node dissection surgery during the study was shown to improve survival and lower recurrence rates.

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For every eight patients who participate in the surgery, one death is prevented, according to lead author Anil D'Cruz, MBBS, MS, FRCS, professor and chief of the department of head and neck surgery at Tata Memorial Centre in Mumbai, India. In addition, for every four patients who participate in the surgery, one recurrence is prevented.

To learn more about the surgery and the importance of early oral cancer detection, read the full article by clicking here.

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