Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski, Gospodin Iliev
ISSN: 1312 773X (Online)
Issue: 2016, vol. 22, issue 4
Subject Area: Dental Medicine
Pages: 1385-1388
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2016224.1385
Published online: 12 December 2016

J of IMAB 2016 Oct-Dec;22(4):1385-1388
Konstantin Tonchev1 Corresponding Autor, Boyan Vladimirov2,
1) Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, Medical University – Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2) Clinic of Maxillofacial surgery, University Hospital “St. George”, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Oral cancer is the eighth most common cancer worldwide and presents a serious health problem in countries with higher alcohol consumption and smoking.
The aim of the present study was to analyze the survival rates of patients with oral cancer diagnosed at a single center in Bulgaria.
The clinical records of patients with oral cancer admitted to the Clinic of Maxillofacial surgery, University Hospital “St. George”, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, from 2004 till 2013 were reviewed. Additional information about follow-up was obtained from the Regional Complex Oncological Centre (RCOC). Data about patient and tumor characteristics – age, sex, site of cancer, stage, degree of differentiation and survival rates were analysed.
The overall 5-year survival rate was 36% while the disease-specific survival rate was 45%. The highest chance for survival was for upper lip (66%) while the lowest was for retromolar trigone (0%). Overall survival rate depended also on the stage and grade of differentiation of the tumor.
The study confirmed that oral cancer remains serious problem in terms of risk factors, delayed diagnosis and overall survival rates.

Key words: oral cancer, retrospective study, survival rate,

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Tonchev K, Vladimirov B. Survival rates in oral cancer patients – a 10-year retrospective study. J of IMAB. 2016 Oct-Dec;22(4):1385-1388. DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2016224.1385.

Correspondence to: Konstantin Tonchev, Department of Oral Surgery, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Medical University Plovdiv; 3, Hristo Botev Blvd, 4000 Plovdiv, Bulgaria; E-mail:

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Received: 14 October 2016
Published online: 12 December 2016

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