Lateral skull base surgery for posterior oral cavity cancer
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According to the investigators in this recent study, anatomical unit resection surgery (AURS) is effective in posterior oral cavity cancer (POCC).

The aim of this study was to better understand posterior oral cavity cancer (POCC) and its surgical treatment. The study was published in the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

Twenty-eight patients were treated with anatomical unit resection surgery (AURS) and 48 patients with conventional surgery. After initial treatment with curative intent, the patients were followed up regularly with clinical examinations and imaging; the median duration of follow-up was 30.9 months (range 2–67 months).

The findings were:
--The 3-year overall survival was 64.3% in the experimental AURS group and 39.6% in the conventional surgery control group.

--The 3-year disease-free survival was 64.3% in the experimental group and 37.5% in the control group.

In conclusion, AURS is an effective surgical treatment for POCC that can considerably improve patient survival rates.

Source: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijom.2021.03.011
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