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Early oral cancer: Treatment by biopsy excision

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      Summary

      20 (6.4 per cent) of 313 patients with squamous carcinoma of the oral cavity (excluding the lip) had a tumour which was small and superficial enough for treatment by one stage biopsy/excision. No patient has died of his disease or developed a primary recurrence at periods ranging up to 12 years, but 10 per cent have developed nodal metastases. The stay in hospital is brief, and the morbidity is small, but a slight deterioration of the patients' speech resulted.

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