Francis P. Worden, MD
THE MODERATOR of the session, Francis P. Worden, MD, a medical oncologist at the University of Michigan Health System Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ann Arbor, called the study thought-provoking despite its retrospective nature.
“The data from this study are thought provoking,” said Dr. Worden. “It is interesting that there were more delays for some patients at academic vs community centers. That could be due to the fact that more patients with oral cavity cancers undergo surgery at major academic centers.”
“Retrospective studies should be viewed very cautiously,” added Dr. Worden, noting that the lack of data on deaths related to smoking-related illnesses (ie, heart disease and COPD) could be confounding. “Nonetheless, the large number of subjects studied makes these data somewhat more meaningful, and providers should be mindful of their findings when treating patients.” ■
DISCLOSURE: Dr. Worden reported no conflicts of interest.
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