Volume 1 Supplement 1

1st Scientific Meeting of the Head and Neck Optical Diagnostics Society

Open Access

Pathological tissue processing time vs. morbidity and mortality

  • Andrew Riskalla1,
  • Waseem Jerjes1,
  • Tahwinder Upile1,
  • Farai Nhembe1,
  • Priya Shah1,
  • Shinali Patel1,
  • Ann Sandison1 and
  • Colin Hopper1
Head & Neck Oncology20091(Suppl 1):P20

https://doi.org/10.1186/1758-3284-1-S1-P20

Published: 28 July 2009

Background

It is well documented that delay in diagnosing tumours in the head and neck region can affect morbidity and mortality. Delay in processing a biopsy can also affect the patient as it can delay surgical treatment or adjunct therapy.

Methods

We have retrospectively analysed information acquired from 168 patients treated following recurrent squamous cell cancer. Pathological tissue processing time was identified at 4 intervals (first diagnostic biopsy, first surgical resection, second diagnostic biopsy for recurrence and second surgical resection). This was compared to primary sites, recurrence sites, TNM staging and survival over 3 and 5 years.

Results

We show that the processing time for the biopsy of the original and recurrence does have a significant effect on prognosis (p < 0.01).

Conclusion

The Royal College of Pathologists have released recent guidelines as to the quality of their delivered head and neck pathology reports however little guidance has been given as to timing. We now show that delay does have an adverse prognostic effect.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
UCLH Head & Neck Centre

Copyright

© Riskalla et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd.

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