Multi-institutional analysis of outcomes following transoral surgery for HPV-positive oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma in elderly patients

Ryan S. Jackson, Stephanie Chen, Aisling Last, Amish Khan, Dorina Kallogjeri, Kathryn M. Van Abel, Eric J. Moore, Patrik Pipkorn

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Abstract

Background: The incidence of human papillomavirus (HPV)-related oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) is rising, even in elderly patients. The outcomes of transoral surgery (TOS) in this population are not entirely known. Methods: A retrospective review was performed at two institutions from October 2003 to September 2016 on patients 70 years or older with HPV-related OPSCC treated with TOS. Results: A total of 75 patients were included with a mean age of 74 years (70-87 years). At a median follow-up of 35.7 months, 3-year overall survival was 81.5% and disease-specific survival was 94.3%. Advanced cT stage (odds ratio, 2.74; 95% confidence interval, 1.13-6.64) negatively impacted OS. Conjunctive consolidation was performed to create a staging system with patients older than 80 years, severe comorbidity, and cT3-4 having worse survival. Conclusions: Elderly patients with HPV-related OPSCC treated with TOS have excellent survival and therefore should not be excluded from such therapy based on age alone.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3933-3939
Number of pages7
JournalHead and Neck
Volume41
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019

Keywords

  • elderly
  • head and neck cancer
  • human papillomavirus
  • oropharyngeal cancer
  • transoral surgery

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