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[Update on HPV-associated head and neck cancer-highlights of the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting].

A new interesting article has been published in HNO. 2018 Oct 22. doi: 10.1007/s00106-018-0577-3. [Epub ahead of print] English ; Review and titled:

[Update on HPV-associated head and neck cancer-highlights of the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting].

Authors of this article are:

Tribius S, Würdemann N, Laban S, Sharma SJ, Wagner S, Hoffmann TK, Wittekindt C, Klussmann JP.

A summary of the article is shown below:

Rising incidence rates in human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) and a significantly improved prognosis have brought this entity into scientific focus. At this year’s American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, 291 studies with the keyword “HPV” were presented, the majority of which were in head and neck cancer. Due to high rates of late toxicities after conventional therapy, de-intensified treatment concepts are being increasingly discussed, although data from prospective phase III studies were not presented. Retrospective data on the latest TNM staging (downstaging in many HPV-associated patients) and other risk stratification systems were presented. HPV diagnostics based solely on p16 immunohistochemistry were discussed. Many groups presented work on the HPV association and its prognostic relevance not only in oropharyngeal carcinoma, but also in oral cavity, hypopharyngeal, and locally advanced laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma. New prognostic biomarkers such as methylation signatures appear to be promising. New data suggest equal survival rates in HPV-associated stage I OPSCC treated with surgery alone in comparison to patients who received adjuvant therapy after surgery. A possible negative effect on overall survival in stage III HPV-associated OPSCC with a cisplatin dose ≤200 mg/m2 was discussed. Results of de-escalation studies are urgently awaited, in order to be able to treat HPV-associated OPSCC patients as precisely and as specifically as possible and ensure long-term quality of life.

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Head and neck cancer;Head and neck oncology;Human papillomavirus 16;Oropharyngeal cancer;Radiation oncology


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