Initial staging of squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity, larynx and pharynx (excluding nasopharynx). Part I: Locoregional extension assessment: 2012 SFORL guidelines.

European annals of otorhinolaryngology, head and neck diseases

PubMedID: 23347771

Vergez S, Morinière S, Dubrulle F, Salaun PY, de Monès E, Bertolus C, Temam S, Chevalier D, Lagarde F, Schultz P, Ferrié JC, Badoual C, Lapeyre M, Righini C, Barry B, Tronche S, de Raucourt D, SFORL. Initial staging of squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity, larynx and pharynx (excluding nasopharynx). Part I: Locoregional extension assessment: 2012 SFORL guidelines. Eur Ann Otorhinolaryngol Head Neck Dis. 2013;130(1):39-45.
OBJECTIVES
To set out good practice guidelines for locoregional extension assessment of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (excluding nasopharynx, nasal cavities and sinuses).

MATERIALS AND METHODS
A critical multidisciplinary review of the literature on locoregional extension assessment of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck was conducted, applying levels of evidence in line with the French health authority's (HAS) literature analysis guide of January 2000.

CONCLUSION
Based on the levels of evidence of the selected articles and on work-group consensus, graded guidelines are set out for clinical, endoscopic and imaging locoregional extension assessment of head and neck cancer.