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Huber, G F; Dziegielewski, P; Wayne Matthews, T; Dort, J C (2008). Head and neck osteosarcoma in adults: the province of alberta experience over 26 years. Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 37(5):738-743.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to describe the incidence, treatment, and outcomes of osteosarcomas in the head and neck over 26 years in the province of Alberta, Canada. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of 14 patients identified and treated in Alberta between 1974 and 1999. Overall and disease-specific survival were the most important outcomes of interest. RESULTS: The average age was 43 years. The maxilla was the most common primary site. The majority of the patients received surgical treatment in combination with adjuvant chemotherapy. Disease-specific survival was 42% at 2 years and 30.1% at 5 years. Four patients developed osteosarcomas in the field of previous radiation. CONCLUSIONS: Osteosarcoma of the head and neck is very aggressive. In our series, mostly high-grade malignancy affected a middle-aged population. Surgical resection is difficult owing to anatomic restraints, and adjuvant chemotherapy should be considered in most patients. The series is notable for the poor outcome, with a 5-year actuarial survival of 30%. This may reflect the lack of a standardized treatment protocol.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to describe the incidence, treatment, and outcomes of osteosarcomas in the head and neck over 26 years in the province of Alberta, Canada. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of 14 patients identified and treated in Alberta between 1974 and 1999. Overall and disease-specific survival were the most important outcomes of interest. RESULTS: The average age was 43 years. The maxilla was the most common primary site. The majority of the patients received surgical treatment in combination with adjuvant chemotherapy. Disease-specific survival was 42% at 2 years and 30.1% at 5 years. Four patients developed osteosarcomas in the field of previous radiation. CONCLUSIONS: Osteosarcoma of the head and neck is very aggressive. In our series, mostly high-grade malignancy affected a middle-aged population. Surgical resection is difficult owing to anatomic restraints, and adjuvant chemotherapy should be considered in most patients. The series is notable for the poor outcome, with a 5-year actuarial survival of 30%. This may reflect the lack of a standardized treatment protocol.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Otorhinolaryngology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:02 Mar 2009 13:07
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:09
Publisher:Decker
ISSN:1916-0216
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.2310/7070.2008.OA0169
Official URL:http://www.bcdecker.com/pubMedLinkOut.aspx?pub=JOTOO&vol=37&iss=5&page=738
PubMed ID:19128686

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