China Oncology ›› 2017, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (6): 505-509.doi: 10.19401/j.cnki.1007-3639.2017.06.018

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Review in the surgical management for residual and recurrent neck lymph node of nasopharyngeal carcinoma after radiotherapy and chemotherapy

HAN Litao, QU Ning, SHI Rongliang, JI Qinghai, SUN Guohua   

  1. Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center; Department of Oncology, Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University, Shanghai 200032, China
  • Online:2017-06-30 Published:2017-07-26
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Abstract: Metastasis is one of the main complaints of nasopharyngeal carcinoma. After radiotherapy and chemotherapy, residual and recurrent lymph nodes in the neck are still partially seen. Neck dissection is an important salvage treatment to improve survival and life quality. The present review summarizes the distribution of residual and recurrent lymph nodes, the applications of different salvage surgeries and outcomes.

Key words: Neck dissection, Nasopharyngeal carcinoma, Residual lymph node, Recurrence