Purpose Squamous cell carcinoma of unknown primary (SCCHNUP) is commonly treated with comprehensive radiation to the laryngopharynx and bilateral necks. In 1998, we established a departmental policy to treat SCCHNUP with radiation directed to the oropharynx and bilateral neck. Methods From 1998–2011, 60 patients were treated – N1: 18%, N2: 75% and N3: 7%. 82% underwent neck dissection. 55% received IMRT and 62% underwent concurrent chemoradiotherapy. Results At median follow-up of 54 months, 5 patients failed regionally and 4 emerged with a primary (tongue base, hypopharynx and thoracic esophagus). Five-year rates of regional control, primary emergence, distant metastasis, disease-free survival and overall survival were 90%, 10%, 20%, 72% and 79%, respectively. The 5 year rate of primary emergence in a non-oropharynx site was 3%. Conclusion This is the first demonstration that an oropharynx-directed approach yields low rates of primary emergence in SCCHNUP with excellent oncologic outcomes.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|State||Published - Jul 1 2017|
- Unknown primary
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Oral Surgery
- Cancer Research