HPV Testing in Head and Neck Cancers

Ultima Vez Modificado: 17 de febrero del 2008

Share article


Imprima English

Question

Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"

My husband is a 54 year-old non-smoker, non-drinker with stage I moderately differentiated squamous cell cancer of the tonsil. He is about to begin radiation therapy. Should he request HPV testing in the tonsil biopsy, and would this change his treatment at all?

Answer

Pinaki R. Dutta, MD, PhD, Resident in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, responds:

Presence of HPV is increasingly being recognized as a risk factor for the development of oropharyngeal cancers. The tonsils are great lymphoid organs and “pick up” just about everything. Given that your husband is a non-smoker and non-drinker and is young, it is most likely that he has HPV. Testing for HPV would be of academic interest, but would not make a difference in management or treatment decisions.

Imprima English
News
Biomarkers Identified in Head and Neck Cancers

Sep 19, 2012 - In patients with head and neck cancer, human papillomavirus infection predicts survival when determined by viral load and viral gene expression rather than the presence of viral DNA or expression of the p16 tumor suppressor gene, according to two studies published online Sept. 18 in Cancer Research.



I Wish You Knew

How cancer patients have changed my life

View More



Blogs and Web Chats

OncoLink Blogs give our readers a chance to react to and comment on key cancer news topics and provides a forum for OncoLink Experts and readers to share opinions and learn from each other.




OncoLink OncoPilot

Frente a un nuevo diagnóstico de cáncer o de cambiar el curso de su tratamiento actual? Deje que nuestro personal de enfermería cáncer que ayudan a pasar!

Más información