Objective: To analyse different treatment strategies and treatment results of hypophaiyngeal carcinoma in the Netherlands. Design: Retrospective study. Setting: Eight head and neck centres in the Netherlands. Participants: A total of 893 patients were treated between 1985 and 1994. Patients were mostly treated with radiotherapy alone, combined surgery and radiotherapy and surgery alone. Results: The 5-year survival for the whole group was 26%. The 5-year survival for patients treated with curative intention was 32% and treated with palliative intention was 5%. The 5-year disease-free survival after radiotherapy alone was 37%, after surgery alone 41% and after combined therapy 47%. The role of chemotherapy could not be investigated because of a small number of patients treated with chemotherapy in this period. Conclusion: Combined therapy with surgery and radiotherapy has a better survival for patients with a hypopharyngeal carcinoma in comparison with radiotherapy alone. The N-stage is more important for the prognosis than the T-stage.

Hypopharyngeal carcinoma, Radiotherapy, Surgery, Survival
dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2273.2004.00913.x, hdl.handle.net/1765/65608
Clinical Otolaryngology
Department of Otorhinolaryngology

Sewnaik, A, Hoorweg, K, Knegt, P.P, Wieringa, M.H, van der Beek, J.M.H, & Kerrebijn, J.D.F. (2005). Treatment of hypopharyngeal carcinoma: Analysis of nationwide study in the Netherlands over a 10-year period. Clinical Otolaryngology, 30(1), 52–57. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2273.2004.00913.x