Driving the HPV-associated cancer prevention message home

Kellie Bramlett & April Clayton, MD Anderson Cancer Center Wade Smith knew something was wrong when he spotted the lump on his neck while shaving one morning in September 2015. He wasn’t too surprised when Steven Frank, M.D., a radiation oncologist and director of MD Anderson’s Proton Therapy Center, told him it was tonsil cancer. And he wasn’t […]

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Patients with HPV‐associated oropharyngeal head and neck cancer have higher rates of weight loss and increased supportive needs

Teresa E. Brown, Wiley Online Library, 19 December 2019 This present issue of the Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences features a study by Anderson et al. that reports findings on patients with HPV‐associated head and neck cancer. This subgroup experience increased weight loss compared to other groups of patients who are typically considered a higher nutrition risk.1 Their […]

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‘Little Linac’ kits provided to children undergoing radiotherapy

By Joshua Rowe, West Bridgford Wire, December 13, 2018 Children undergoing radiotherapy at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) will receive toy models of medical equipment to help them cope with anxiety and better understand the treatment they require. The project, set up by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), found that […]

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Saliva Test Shows Promise For Earlier And Easier Detection Of Mouth And Throat Cancer

Scienmag, 13 Dec 2019 Unfortunately, cancers that occur in the back of the mouth and upper throat are often not diagnosed until they become advanced, partly because their location makes them difficult to see during routine clinical exams. A report in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, published by Elsevier, describes the use of acoustofluidics, a new […]

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The Deadly Oral Sex Warning You Need To Know Now

Josh Butler, 10 daily, 3 December 2019 Doctors are alarmed by an “epidemic” of cancer linked to oral sex, with urgent calls for men especially to overcome their embarrassment and talk about the issue. The Royal College of Pathologists of Australia (RCPA) has warned about a rising number of head and neck cancers linked to […]

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EU approval for Keytruda in head and neck cancer

Anna Smith, Pharma Times, 21 November 2019 The European Commission has approved MSD’s Keytruda (pembrolizumab) as monotherapy or as part of a combination, for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic or unresectable recurrent head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). The regulatory body says that the approval was based on data from the Phase […]

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HPV-Linked Head and Neck Cancer on the Rise

Adam Townsend, MedicineNet, 11/06/2019 Eddie Money. Peter Tork. Dave Mustaine. These megapopular musicians were all diagnosed with head and neck cancers. Two of them died from the disease this year, with the third, Mustaine, currently undergoing treatment. More and more cases of virus-related cancer in the head and neck are occurring after infection with human papillomavirus (HPV). It is unclear […]

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Human papillomavirus as a driver of head and neck cancers

Maria Elisa Sabatini & Susanna Chiocca, British Journal of Cancer, 11 November 2019 Abstract The human papillomavirus (HPV) family includes more than 170 different types of virus that infect stratified epithelium. High-risk HPV is well established as the primary cause of cervical cancer, but in recent years, a clear role for this virus in other […]

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