Carcinoma of the uvula and midline soft palate: Indication for neck treatment

Gady Har‐El*, Ashok Shaha, Rashid Chaudry, Tuvia Hadar, Yosef P. Krespi, Frank E. Lucente

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According to common classification and staging systems, tumors of the uvula and soft palate are included in the group of oropharyngeal cancers. As such, the same staging systems apply and therapeutic decisions are made accordingly. Our experience with small tumors of the uvula and midline soft palate has shown that these common rules may not apply in these anatomical sites. A multicenter retrospective study was performed to examine the aspects of presentation and clinical course of tumors of the uvula. Only patients with small tumors, less than 2.0 cm in diameter, were included. Twenty‐three cases were reviewed. Eleven (47.8%) patients had clinical or radiologic evidence of neck disease on presentation. Five of 12 (41.7%) patients who presented with negative neck were found eventually to have neck disease. Eight patients had cervical recurrence. Only one patient had local recurrence. We suggest that attention may need to be directed to the treatment of the neck of all tumors of the uvula and midline soft palate, regardless of size.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-101
Number of pages3
JournalHead and Neck
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes


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