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The influence of marital status on survival in patients with oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma

Wei Sun, Zeting Qiu, Wulin Tan, Zhongqi Liu, Zhongxing Wang, Wenqi Huang and Minghui Cao _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:82092-82102. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.18538

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Wei Sun1,*, Zeting Qiu2,*, Wulin Tan2,*, Zhongqi Liu1, Zhongxing Wang2, Wenqi Huang2,# and Minghui Cao1,#

1Department of Anesthesiology, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

2Department of Anesthesiology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

#These authors took on the correspondence responsibility of this work equally

Correspondence to:

Minghui Cao, email: [email protected]

Wenqi Huang, email: [email protected]

Keywords: oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma, marital status, SEER, survival analysis, biopsychosocial medical model

Received: March 06, 2017     Accepted: June 05, 2017     Published: June 17, 2017


Marital status was found to be an independent prognostic factor for survival in several cancers. However related researches of oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma (OTSCC) are still rare. We explored the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program and finally identified 14,194 patients with OTSCC. Kaplan-Meier analysis and multivariate Cox regression models were used to distinguish risk factors for overall survival (OS) and tumor cause-specific survival (TCSS). Widowed patients had the highest percentage of female, highest average ages and more prevalence with localized SEER Stage significantly, while patients in the single group were younger than other groups. After univariate analysis and multivariate analysis, marital status was demonstrated to be an independent prognostic factor of OS and TCSS. Married patients showed better 5-year OS (65.6%) and 5-year TCSS (89.9%) than other patients. Subgroup survival analysis according to AJCC TNM stage and SEER stage showed that the widowed patients demonstrated worst OS and TCSS compared to other groups. Marital status was an important prognostic factor for survival in patients with OTSCC. Widowed patients exhibited with the highest risk of death compared with other groups.

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