Journal of Oral Science
Online ISSN : 1880-4926
Print ISSN : 1343-4934
ISSN-L : 1343-4934
Original Article
A 20-year clinical survey of radiotherapy prostheses at the Clinic for Maxillofacial Prosthetics of Tokyo Medical and Dental University Hospital
Cheewin TowithelertkulYuka I. SumitaMihoko HaraguchiMai MuraseHaruka FujitaGen TanabeAyako KanazakiShigen YoshiMoe KosakaMariko Hattori
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2023 Volume 65 Issue 1 Pages 6-9


Purpose: To identify secular trends in the use of radiotherapy prostheses in the Clinic for Maxillofacial Prosthetics at Tokyo Medical and Dental University Hospital and to ascertain patient characteristics and future needs.

Methods: The study included all patients who visited the clinic between January 1, 2000, and December 31, 2019. Data on numbers of cases, gender and age, numbers and types of radiotherapy prostheses, primary cancer site, and time required for prosthesis fabrication during the study period were collected from medical records and retrospectively analyzed.

Results: During the 20-year study period, 1,066 prostheses were fabricated for 1,135 cases. In most years, at least 60% of cases were male. The mean age increased from 60.6 to 67.1 years during the study period, and the number of cases older than 70 years increased over time. The most common cancer site was the tongue, and the most common type of radiotherapy prosthesis was a spacer. The mean time for spacer fabrication was 11 days.

Conclusion: During a recent 20-year period, mean age and the proportion of elderly patients requiring savers increased. When treating elderly patients, prosthodontists responsible for fabricating radiotherapy prostheses must collaborate effectively with radiation oncologists.

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