The management of squamous cell carcinoma of the neck. The Birmingham UK experience

NS Mastronikolis, D Fitzgerald, C Owen, Z Neary, John Glaholm, John Watkinson

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

6 Citations (Scopus)


Aims: To review our treatment strategy and outcomes for metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the neck. Methods: One hundred and six consecutive patients treated between 1992 and 1998 were analysed retrospectively. The following data were obtained. Demographic details, tumour site, clinical. and pathological TMN staging, tumour grade and presence of extracapsular spread, treatment modality (surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy), type of neck dissection and complications, 2-year loco-regional control and 5-year overall survival. Results: Ninety-two patients had advanced disease (stages 3 and 4) and of these, 57% had palpable neck metastases. One hundred and six patients underwent a total of 132 neck dissections. Seventy-three patients had post-operative radiotherapy to both sides of the neck and a total of 31 patients took part in the UKHAN 1 trial. Seventy percent of patients achieved 2-year loco-regional control and 63% survived 5-years. Conclusion: Metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the neck can successfully be treated with an aggressive surgical approach and post-operative radiotherapy when indicated. Excellent 2-year loco-regional, control and 5-year survival rates are possible. (c) 2005 ELsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-466
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Surgical Oncology (EJSO)
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2005


  • neck
  • cell carcinoma
  • metastatic squamous
  • radiotherapy
  • surgery


Dive into the research topics of 'The management of squamous cell carcinoma of the neck. The Birmingham UK experience'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this