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dc.contributor.authorKing, Bronwyn-
dc.contributor.otherCorry, J.-
dc.identifier.citationHead Neck. 2009 Feb;31(2):227-31; discussion 232-3.en_US
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: Currently there is no standardised head and neck pathology reporting system in Victoria, Australia. The aim of this study was to document deficiencies in head and neck pathology reports at our institution. METHODS: The pathology reports of all patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) who presented to Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre for postoperative radiotherapy (PORT) between January 1, 2004, and March 31, 2006, were critically assessed for 16 key pathological items. RESULTS: Only 37% reports contained all the 16 items. The most commonly missing items were "diameter of the largest involved lymph node" (38%), "presence/absence of lymphovascular space invasion" (30%), "presence/absence of peri-neural invasion" (28%), "clearance of margins in millimeters" (27%), and "presence/absence of extracapsular extension" (27%). The most variable item was the clearance in millimeters used to determine "clear margins". CONCLUSIONS: Several of the most important pathological factors predicting locoregional relapse in HNSCC are currently the least reliably reported items in head and neck pathology reports.en_US
dc.subjectHead & Neck Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australiaen_US
dc.subjectCancer Services Clinical Institute, Epworth HealthCare, Victoria, Australiaen_US
dc.subjectSquamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Necken_US
dc.subjectHead and Neck Neoplasmsen_US
dc.subjectForms and Records Controlen_US
dc.subjectMedical Auditen_US
dc.subjectMedical Recordsen_US
dc.subjectPathology Department, Hospitalen_US
dc.subjectPractice Guidelines as Topicen_US
dc.subjectPractice Patterns, Physiciansen_US
dc.titlePathology reporting in head and neck cancer - snapshot of current status.en_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.identifier.journaltitleHead and Necken_US
dc.description.affiliatesDivision of Radiation Oncology, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (PMCC) St Andrews Place, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.en_US
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