Oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) is a subset of head and neck cancers that can arise due to human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. We designed a retrospective analysis to determine differences in outcomes of OPSCC patients treated at City of Hope (COH) Cancer Center’s main campus versus selected satellite sites with COH-associated faculty and facilities. Patients diagnosed with OPSCC and treated with concurrent chemoradiation therapy (n = 94) were identified and included in the study. Patients underwent treatment at the COH main campus site (n = 50) or satellite sites (n = 44). The majority of patients were Caucasian, male, and diagnosed with p16 positive stage IV locally advanced OPSCC by AJCC 7th edition. Most patients completed their prescribed cumulative radiation therapy dose and had a complete response to treatment. No significant difference in overall survival and progression-free survival was observed between the main campus and the satellite sites. Our study demonstrates successful treatment completion rates as well as comparable recurrence rates between the main campus and COH-associated satellite sites. A trend toward significant difference in feeding tube dependency at 6-months was observed. Differences in feeding tube placement and dependency rates could be addressed by the establishment of on-site supportive services in satellite sites.
- Concurrent chemoradiation therapy
- Feeding tube dependency
- Human papillomavirus
- Oropharyngeal cancer
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