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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 12  |  Page : 671-679

Clinicopathological prognostic implicators of oral squamous cell carcinoma: Need to understand and revise

Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Rural Dental College and Hospital, PIMS Deemed University, Loni, Maharashtra, India

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Kiran B Jadhav
Department of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Rural Dental College and Hospital, PIMS Deemed University, Loni - 413 736, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/1947-2714.123239

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In spite of the vast amount of research and the advances, oral squamous cell carcinoma implies quite significant mortality and morbidity rates. This has motivated the search of factors with prognostic relevance. A web based search was initiated for all published articles by using Medline/PubMed, Google Scholar with key words such as prognosis, survival rate, risk factors associated with oral squamous cell carcinoma, prognosis of oral squamous cell carcinoma. The search was restricted to articles published in English language with no restriction to date of publication. This review was focused on clinical, pathological and molecular factors associated with survival and prognosis of oral squamous cell carcinoma patients. Most articles had described one or two parameters related to prognosis. Considering the biological behavior and nature of cancer, all the parameters were interrelated and so could not predict the prognosis independently. Consideration of all the parameters was required to assess the prognosis. We hypothesize the use of combination of clinical and pathological indicators together to assess the prognosis. The care givers can assess the prognosis in a more better and definitive way by using prognosis assessment sheet.

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