Head and Neck Oncology


Jerjes W, Upile T, Radhi H, Petrie A, Adams A, Callear J, Kafas P, Hopper C. Delay in pathological tissue processing time vs. mortality in oral cancer: Short communication. Head Neck Oncol. 2012 Apr 26;4(1):14.


Several factors have been identified to affect morbidity and mortality in oral cancer patients. The time taken to process a resected cancer specimen in a patient presenting with primary or recurrent disease can be of interest as delay can affect earlier interventions post-surgery. We looked at this variable in a group of 168 consecutive oral cancer patients and assessed its relationship to mortality from the disease at 3 and 5 years. It is expected that delay in pathological processing time of surgical specimens acquired from patients with recurrent disease may increase or contribute to the increased rate of mortality. Further high evidence-based studies are required to confirm this.

Corresponding Author

Waseem Jerjes (waseem_wk1@yahoo.co.uk)