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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 391-395

Nasopharyngeal cancers: A retrospective comparative analysis of radiotherapy alone versus chemo-radiation (Benghazi experience)


1 Department of Oncology, Specialist, Sekgoma Memorial Hospital, Serowe, Botswana, Africa
2 Department of Gynecology, Specialist, Sekgoma Memorial Hospital, Serowe, Botswana, Africa

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Department of Gynecology, Specialist, Sekgoma Memorial Hospital, Serowe, Botswana
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-509X.176718

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Introduction: Cancer of Nasopharynx is an important disease in Maghreb region. 75 patients (4.3%) of cancer nasopharynx between the years 1995 to 2000 were referred to our centre in Benghazi out of total 1757 patients. This study was done to analyze the clinical presentations and to study response to the treatment practiced. Materials And Methods: 59 patients were available with full records excluding the recurrent and metastatic presentation. 37 were males with 22 females (1.7:1), (31/59) 52% patients were from 25-49 years, (17/59) 28.8% were from 50-60 years. 44/59 (74%) patients presented with Lymphadenopathy either unilateral or bilateral. 46/59 (78%) of patients were in clinical stage II or III. 44/59 (74%) of patients were of undifferentiated histology. Results: The pattern of clinical response and trend of follow up those that received neoadjuvant chemotherapy and radiotherapy and radiotherapy alone are discussed. Discussion : In our analysis, we also found that the patients who had received chemotherapy by and large had a less trend to towards developing metastatic disease and local recurrence and faired better. Conclusion: We are now following the protocol of Neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by chemo-radiotherapy and followed by chemotherapy and results will mature in the years to come.






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