Ablation of advanced tongue or base of tongue cancer and reconstruction with free flap: Functional outcomes

C. Y. Chien*, C. Y. Su, C. F. Hwang, H. C. Chuang, S. F. Jeng, Y. C. Chen

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Abstract

Aim: To evaluate the functional outcomes of patients who underwent total or nearly total glossectomy for advanced tongue or base of tongue cancer. Material and methods: We used the radial forearm free flap (RFFF), anterior lateral thigh flap (ALTF) or fibular osteocutaneous flap (FOCF) to reconstruct the oral defect after radical resection in 39 patients undergoing total or nearly total glossectomy with laryngeal preservation. Results: Good functional outcomes, measured by independent feeding, speech and swallowing were achieved in 35, 36 and 35 patients, respectively. The cumulative 4-year survival rates were 63.8% for tongue cancer and 42.9% for base of tongue cancer. Conclusion: Reconstruction with free flaps is a feasible method to restore the functional outcomes in speech and deglutition among patients who undergo total or nearly total glossectomy with laryngeal preservation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-357
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Surgical Oncology
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 04 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Anterior lateral thigh flap
  • Base of tongue
  • Fibular osteocutaneous flap
  • Free flap
  • Radial forearm free flap
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Tongue

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