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Blood antibodies may predict HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer survival

According to Sturgis, the incidence of HPV-positive oropharyngeal carcinoma has increased dramatically in recent years. Although patients with HPV-positive disease have a better prognosis than those with HPV-negative disease, researchers are still seeking a better understanding of what group of patients is more likely to respond to treatment. How the Study Was Conducted Sturgis and [...]

HPV vaccination of adolescent boys may be cost-effective for preventing oropharyngeal cancer

A new study indicates that vaccinating 12-year-old boys against the humanpapilloma virus (HPV) may be a cost-effective strategy for preventing oropharyngeal squamous cell cancer, a cancer that starts at the back of the throat and mouth, and involves the tonsils and base of the tongue. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the [...]

Neck surgery unnecessary for many throat cancer patients

Study shows that among those whose cancer was triggered by a virus, any lingering bumps after chemotherapy and radiation tend to be benign. A new study shows that patients with human papillomavirus (HPV) – the same virus associated with both cervical and head and neck cancer – positive oropharyngeal cancer see significantly higher rates of [...]

Cervical cancer declining, but HPV-related cancers of anus and throat increasing

Although cervical cancer is declining, human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers of the base of the tongue and tonsils (oropharynx) as well as anal canal cancers are increasing, according to a population-based study in Alberta, Canada, in CMAJ Open. Human papillomavirus, long linked to cervical cancer, is estimated to cause 5.2% of all cancers worldwide; a link [...]

Greater survival rate from recurrent mouth and throat cancers caused by HPV virus

People with late-stage cancer at the back of the mouth or throat that recurs after chemotherapy and radiation treatment are twice as likely to be alive two years later if their cancer is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), new research led by a Johns Hopkins scientist suggests. Previous studies have found that people with [...]