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Unformatted text preview: Irradiation and surgery at other sites within the head and neck may also be needed to treat secondary disease. Prognosis Recovery depends upon the location, size, stage and receptiveness to treatment of the tumour. Small stage 1 tumours are highly curable with 80-90% of patients still alive at 5 years. Moderately advanced (stage 2) tumours are also curable with survival rates around 50-75%. Advanced tumours involving bone and nerve destruction are poorly controlled with radiation with or without surgery. In people with advanced tumours the condition is typically fatal within 6 months. Most recurrences occur within the first five years following initial diagnosis. Prevention Since the cause of NPC isn’t fully understood it is difficult to establish how it may be prevented. Regular follow ups post-treatment are vitally important as recurrence can occur. Follow ups include regular head, neck and chest CT scans and blood tests looking for evidence of recurrence....
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANT ANT2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
- Fall '10