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Surgical Treatment of Skin Cancers of the Head and Neck at the DONKA Surgical Oncology Unit

Objective: To improve the surgical treatment of head and neck skin cancers. Materials and methods: This was a retrospective descriptive cohort study examining the sociodemographic, anatomopathological, therapeutic and evolutionary aspects of patients with head and neck skin cancer. Results: 148 patients (65.2%) were histologically confirmed and 43 (29.1%) underwent surgery. The mean age was 33 ± 16 years. The average time to treatment was 6 months. There were 10 (22.0%) stage III cases. The most typical histological type was squamous cell carcinoma (97.7%), of which 18 cases (41.9%) had a tumor size > 4 cm. Wide resection was performed in 88.4% of cases and surgical wound closure was achieved by flap grafting in 55.8% of cases. Healing was normal in 53.5% of cases. After a mean follow-up of 16 ± 22 months, overall survival at 12 months was 44%. 13 patients (30.2%) are still alive. Conclusions: This study shows that only a small number of head and neck skin cancer patients are operated on in the oncology department of Conakry University Hospital. Ongoing training of healthcare professionals and dermatological surveillance for primary and secondary prevention of skin cancer in people with albinism may help to improve outcomes for people with skin cancer and improve the quality of care for head and neck skin cancer.

Surgery, Cancer, Skin, Head, Neck

APA Style

Bah Malick, Keita Mamady, Toure Alhassane Ismael, Cisse Kalil, Souare Mamadou Bobo, et al. (2023). Surgical Treatment of Skin Cancers of the Head and Neck at the DONKA Surgical Oncology Unit . International Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 6(2), 24-28.

ACS Style

Bah Malick; Keita Mamady; Toure Alhassane Ismael; Cisse Kalil; Souare Mamadou Bobo, et al. Surgical Treatment of Skin Cancers of the Head and Neck at the DONKA Surgical Oncology Unit . Int. J. Clin. Dermatol. 2023, 6(2), 24-28. doi: 10.11648/j.ijcd.20230602.13

AMA Style

Bah Malick, Keita Mamady, Toure Alhassane Ismael, Cisse Kalil, Souare Mamadou Bobo, et al. Surgical Treatment of Skin Cancers of the Head and Neck at the DONKA Surgical Oncology Unit . Int J Clin Dermatol. 2023;6(2):24-28. doi: 10.11648/j.ijcd.20230602.13

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