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The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of insurance status on treatment and outcomes in oral cavity cancer. Patients were identified in the National Cancer Database (NCDB). Data were collected and analyzed using χ tests, Kaplan-Meier methods, and multivariable Cox regression models. Those uninsured or on Medicaid were more likely to be younger (P<0.001), minority race (P<0.001), have a lower median household income (P<0.001), lower educational attainment (P<0.001), not undergo primary resection (P<0.001), present with higher T (P<0.001),N (P<0.001), and M (P<0.001) stage of disease, and have a higher tumor grade (P<0.001). On univariate analysis, those with private insurance had significantly better overall survival than those uninsured (hazard ratio (HR) 1.481), under Medicaid (HR 2.006), or on Medicare (HR 1.921). On multivariable Cox regression analysis, insurance status remained an independent prognosticator even after accounting for multiple demographic, socioeconomic, treatment, and clinicopathological factors. These data suggest that insurance status is associated with treatment and outcomes in patients with oral cavity cancer. Being uninsured or on Medicaid was found to be associated with a higher risk of a poorer prognosis when compared to private insurance, and the data suggest the need to expand comprehensive medical coverage and optimize access to adequate medical care in vulnerable patient populations.
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Name: International journal of oral and maxillofacial surgery
The aim of study was to evaluate the oral health status, salivary flow and halitosis among individuals diagnosed with leprosy as compared with healthy subjects.
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The treatment of oral cavity cancer may impair speech and swallowing function. Optimizing posttreatment function may lead to significant improvement of quality of life.
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This is a single-center pilot study of open-label, non-randomized interventional research based on the outpatient management of 30 patients with T1-N0 or T2-N0 cancer in the oral cavity or...
The purpose of this study is to look at the effectiveness of nivolumab in patients with oral cavity cancer (OCC) who are about to undergo surgery.
An internationally recognized set of published rules used for evaluation of cancer treatment that define when tumors found in cancer patients improve, worsen, or remain stable during treatment. These criteria are based specifically on the response of the tumor(s) to treatment, and not on the overall health status of the patient resulting from treatment.
The oval-shaped oral cavity located at the apex of the digestive tract and consisting of two parts: the vestibule and the oral cavity proper.
Soft tissue tumors or cancer arising from the mucosal surfaces of the LIP; oral cavity; PHARYNX; LARYNX; and cervical esophagus. Other sites included are the NOSE and PARANASAL SINUSES; SALIVARY GLANDS; THYROID GLAND and PARATHYROID GLANDS; and MELANOMA and non-melanoma skin cancers of the head and neck. (from Holland et al., Cancer Medicine, 4th ed, p1651)
The profession concerned with the teeth, oral cavity, and associated structures, and the diagnosis and treatment of their diseases including prevention and the restoration of defective and missing tissue.
A variant of well-differentiated epidermoid carcinoma that is most common in the oral cavity, but also occurs in the larynx, nasal cavity, esophagus, penis, anorectal region, vulva, vagina, uterine cervix, and skin, especially on the sole of the foot. Most intraoral cases occur in elderly male abusers of smokeless tobacco. The treatment is surgical resection. Radiotherapy is not indicated, as up to 30% treated with radiation become highly aggressive within six months. (Segen, Dictionary of Modern Medicine, 1992)
Dentistry is the study, management and treatment of diseases and conditions affecting the mouth, jaw, teeth and their supporting tissues (Oxford Medical Dictionary) The work of a dentist ranges from regular patient check-up to orthodontics and surgery....
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