General hospital experience in treating neck nodes from unknown primaries

A. Bono, S. Zurrida, C. Cacioppo, M. Ferrari, O. Gottardi, F. Chiesa

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Forty cases of cervical (excluding supraclavicular) node metastases from unknown primary tumors were observed at the medical oncology department of a large general hospital. Histologically they were epidermoid carcinoma (18 cases), undifferentiated carcinoma (16 cases) and adenocarcinoma (6 cases). In 8 patients the primary was subsequently diagnosed. Four patients were untreatable or refused treatment when diagnosed. The 3-year survival of the 36 treated patients was only 22% - indicating a poor prognosis for this uncommon form of presentation. Patients should be treated as aggressively as possible in an attempt to eradicate the occult primary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)649-651
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Oncology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology


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