HNSCC: best lymph node prognosis tool?

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  • The number of positive nodes (pN) had superior prognostic value compared with the lymph node ratio (LNR) and American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) N staging in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC).

Study design

  • 12,437 patients with HNSCC from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database (2004-2012) were reviewed to determine the prognostic performance of pN, LNR, and AJCC N stage.

Key results

  • pN staging and the LNR had superior prognostic ability compared with AJCC staging in Kaplan-Meier survival curve analysis.
  • pN staging had superior prognostic ability compared with the...