Specimen-driven intraoperative assessment of resection margins should be standard of care for oral cancer patients

Yassine Aaboubout, Ivo Hove, Roeland Smits, Jose Hardillo, Gerwin Puppels, Senada Koljenovic

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With an incidence of 350.000 new cases per year, cancer of the oral cavity ranks among the 10 most common solid organ cancers. Most of these cancers are squamous cell carcinomas. Five-year survival is about 50%. It has been shown that clear resection margins (>5 mm healthy tissue surrounding the resected tumor) have a significant positive effect on locoregional control and survival. It is not uncommon that the resection margins of oral tumors are inadequate. However, when providing the surgeon with intraoperative feedback on the resection margin status, it is expected that obtaining adequate resection margins is improved. In this respect, it has been shown that specimen-driven intraoperative assessment of resection margins is superior to defect-driven intraoperative assessment of resection margins. In this concise report, it is described how a specimen-driven approach can increase the rate of adequate resections of oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma as well as that it is discussed how intraoperative assessment can be further improved with regard to the surgical treatment of oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-116
Number of pages6
JournalOral Diseases
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

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