Merkel cell carcinoma of the head and neck: Favorable outcomes with radiotherapy HEAD AND NECK-JOURNAL FOR THE SCIENCES AND SPECIALTIES OF THE HEAD AND NECK Bishop, A. J., Garden, A. S., Gunn, G. B., Rosenthal, D. I., Beadle, B. M., Fuller, C. D., Levy, L. B., Gillenwater, A. M., Kies, M. S., Esmaeli, B., Frank, S. J., Phan, J., Morrison, W. H. 2016; 38: E452-E458


The purpose of this study was to report the outcomes of patients with Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) of the head and neck using a radiation-based treatment approach.We reviewed records of 106 consecutive patients with MCC of the head and neck treated with radiation therapy (RT) at our institution between 1988 and 2011. The Kaplan-Meier method was used to estimate outcomes and hazard ratios (HRs) were calculated.The 5-year actuarial local and regional control rates were 96% and 96%, respectively. There were no regional recurrences in 22 patients treated with RT to gross nodal disease without neck dissection. The 5-year cause-specific survival rate was 76%. Lymphadenopathy at presentation impacted distant metastatic-free survival outcomes (p?

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