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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-63182

Barysch, M J; Eggmann, N; Beyeler, M; Panizzon, R; Seifert, Burkhardt; Dummer, R (2012). Long-term recurrence rate of large and difficult to treat cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas after superficial radiotherapy. Dermatology, 224(1):59-65.

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Background: Surgical excision is the gold standard for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC), however its application is limited in specific cases. Superficial radiotherapy (RTx)is an alternative treatment option, but long-term follow-up data are limited. Objective: To determine the outcome of superficial RTx of cSCC in correlation to histological differentiation grade and tumor localization. Methods: The outcome of 180 large cSCCs after superficial RTx between 1960 and 2004 was retrospectively reviewed. Results: Mean tumor size was 3.5 cm 2 (SD 7.5) and mean follow-up period was 4.9 years (SD 4.7). Relapse-free survival was 95.8 and 80.4% after 1 and 10 years. Two-year relapse-free survival was 94.8% for good, 88.9% for moderate and 85.7% for poor differentiated tumors. Five-year relapse-free survival was highest in cSCCs located around the eyes (100%) and cheeks (90.9%). Conclusion:
Superficial RTx is an effective alternative for cSCC if surgery is difficult due to localization or concomitant disease.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI)
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Dermatology Clinic
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Date:20 March 2012
Deposited On:02 Jul 2012 08:50
Last Modified:15 Jun 2016 07:39
Publisher DOI:10.1159/000337027
PubMed ID:22433440

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