Management of the N0 neck - Reference or preference

William I. Wei, Alfio Ferlito, Alessandra Rinaldo, Christine G. Gourin, John Lowry, Wai Kuen Ho, C. René Leemans, Ashok R. Shaha, Carlos Suárez, Gary L. Clayman, K. Thomas Robbins, Patrick J. Bradley, Carl E. Silver

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For patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the upper aerodigestive tract, appropriate management of the regional lymph nodes is an important and often controversial issue that has significant influence on survival. Over the years radical treatment either by surgery or radiotherapy contributed to improvement in prognosis. Recently, a more conservative approach has achieved a similar level of cancer control with less morbidity. This review considers the issues of selection of patients for treatment of the neck, choice of modality and extent of therapy, treatment of the contralateral neck, management of recurrence and influence of the site and status of the primary lesion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-122
Number of pages8
JournalOral Oncology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006


  • Elective neck dissection
  • Elective neck irradiation
  • N0 neck
  • Neck dissection
  • Squamous cell carcinoma

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