Navigation Links
HPV-Positive Head and Neck Cancers Fare Better

Patients survive longer, more responsive to treatment than those with HPV-negative tumors

TUESDAY, Feb. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Head and neck cancer patients whose tumors test positive for human papillomavirus (HPV) tend to survive longer and respond better to treatment than those who test negative, a new study says.

HPV, a common virus with strains believed to be responsible for most cervical cancers, has recently been linked to the development of some head and neck cancers, particularly those of the upper throat, or oropharynx.

Researchers followed 96 patients in the late stages of cancer of the oropharynx or larynx (voice box), according to a study published online Feb. 12 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. All the patients were enrolled in the same clinical trial and received the same treatment.

Patients with HPV-positive tumors had higher response rates after chemoradiation therapy, compared with patients with HPV-negative tumors (84 percent vs. 57 percent). The two-year overall survival rates of those with HPV-positive tumors were also higher (95 percent vs. 62 percent).

"Our data suggest that the risks and benefits of therapies should be considered separately for HPV-positive and -negative patients," the authors wrote.

More information

To learn more about head and neck cancers, visit the National Cancer Institute.

-- Kevin McKeever

SOURCE: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, news release, Feb. 12, 2008

Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Study reveals why certain ovarian cancers develop resistance to platinum-based chemotherapy
2. NuView Radiopharmaceuticals, Inc. Secures Exclusive Rights From Thomas Jefferson University for a Tumor-Specific Imaging Agent for the Diagnosis of Breast and Prostate Cancers
3. American Tailgaters Association, ESPNs Sean Salisbury and George Foreman Unite in the Fight Against Pediatric Cancers Around Super Bowl XLII
4. How less can be more when treating some kidney cancers
5. Cell Addiction to Growth Factors May Help Spur Cancers
6. The 2008 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium
7. Sperms immune-protection properties could provide link to how cancers spread
8. Survey points out need for education for primary care physicians on rarely seen cancers
9. Obesity, Diabetes Linked to Cancers
10. AMAS Test Measures Lethal Replikin Gene Activity in Lung and Other Cancers
11. Breast MRI spots other cancers, may alter treatment plan
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
HPV-Positive Head and Neck Cancers Fare Better 
(Date:6/27/2016)... Viejo, California (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... are fully customizable inside of Final Cut Pro X," said Christina Austin - CEO ... another unique style. Final Cut Pro X users can now reveal the ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... its strategic partnership with Connance, a healthcare industry leader providing predictive analytics ... proprietary technology combine to provide health systems, hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... , ... June 27, 2016 , ... recently awarded ... Eyeglasses . , Millions of individuals in the United States and Canada wear ... a way to both correct vision and make a fashion statement. Even celebrities use ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... Battle Creek, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... abuse, joined as sponsor of the 2016 Cereal Festival and World’s Longest Breakfast Table ... held in honor of the city’s history as home to some of the world’s ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... PawPaws brand pet supplements owned ... developed to enhance the health of felines. The formula is all-natural and is made ... in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support Supplement Soft Chews are Astragalus Root ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 Research and Markets has ... - Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... for the patients with kidney failure, it replaces the function ... the patient,s blood and thus the treatment helps to keep ... in balance. Increasing number of ESRD patients ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) announced that ... PCT (procalcitonin) assay as a dedicated testing solution for ... clearance, Roche is the first IVD company in the ... risk assessment and management. PCT is a ... in blood can aid clinicians in assessing the risk ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... WAYNE, Pa. , June 23, 2016 ... provider, will launch its next generation clinical outcomes platform, Bracket ... DIA Meeting held on June 26 – 30, 2016 in ... 6.0, the first electronic Clinical Outcome Assessment product of its ... DIA Booth #715. Bracket eCOA 6.0 is a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: