[Routine follow-up in patients treated of head and neck cancer]

Otolaryngol Pol. 2012 Mar-Apr;66(2):138-47. doi: 10.1016/S0030-6657(12)70762-X.
[Article in Polish]


Objective: To evaluate the usefulness of routine follow-up in group of patients with head and neck cancer and to present the recommended schedule taking into consideration the oncological safety and costefectivness.

Aim: Retrospective cohort study with follow-up of 3 years for all patients.

Results: In Outpatient Department in 2010 there were examined 3012 patients treated of head and neck cancer. The biggest group comprised patients with larynx and oral cavity cancer. During routine ENT examination 70% of recurrences was detected.

Conclusion: In patients with head and neck cancer routine follow up is indispensable. Introduced modern schedules make the monitoring work-up shorter and more sensible, although the benefit in improving patients survival is doubtful.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Cohort Studies
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / economics
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Head and Neck Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / diagnosis*
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / epidemiology*
  • Poland / epidemiology
  • Retrospective Studies