Head And Neck Cancer

Immunotherapy May Benefit Some Patients with Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma

Immunotherapy May Benefit Some Patients with Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma

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Immunotherapy regimens FDA-approved for the treatment of melanoma may also be an option for a rare and aggressive form of papillary thyroid cancer.

Pembrolizumab Use With CRT Safe in Locally Advanced HNSCC

Pembrolizumab Use With CRT Safe in Locally Advanced HNSCC

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Small study also showed that pembrolizumab does not significant impair radiation or chemotherapy dosing.

Adjuvant + Neoadjuvant Pembrolizumab Safe in Patients Undergoing HNSCC Surgery

Adjuvant + Neoadjuvant Pembrolizumab Safe in Patients Undergoing HNSCC Surgery

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Study also provides evidence supporting an anti-tumor effect associated with a single preoperative dose of pembrolizumab.

ESW Technique Improves Nanoparticle Drug Delivery to Solid Tumors with Restricted Blood Flow

ESW Technique Improves Nanoparticle Drug Delivery to Solid Tumors with Restricted Blood Flow

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Combining extracorporeal shock wave (ESW) technique with nanoparticle delivery improves treatment of difficult-to-treat solid tumors, such as anaplastic thyroid cancer.

The United States Services Task Force (USPSTF) Recommends Against Thyroid Cancer Screening

The United States Services Task Force (USPSTF) Recommends Against Thyroid Cancer Screening

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Although screening is often recommended as the first line of prevention for most cancers, recent recommendation from the USPSTF advises against thyroid cancer screening in nonsymptomatic adults.

Survivorship Care Plans Specific to Head and Neck Cancers Enable Transition to Posttreatment Care

Survivorship Care Plans Specific to Head and Neck Cancers Enable Transition to Posttreatment Care

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Disease-specific survivorship care plans (SCPs) for head and neck cancer support a successful transition to a healthy lifestyle after curative intent therapy of larynx and oral cavity/pharynx cancer.

Education and Coaching Are Necessary to Treat Oropharyngeal Cancers After Chemoradiotherapy

Education and Coaching Are Necessary to Treat Oropharyngeal Cancers After Chemoradiotherapy

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A literature review noted improvements in quality of life after patients were coached and educated following radiotherapy for HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancers.

ASTRO Guideline Addresses Curative Treatment of Oropharyngeal Cancer

ASTRO Guideline Addresses Curative Treatment of Oropharyngeal Cancer

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Clinical practice guideline from ASTRO addresses optimal radiation doses and fractionation schedules, integrating therapies, and induction chemotherapy for oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC).

Health Care Expansion Tied to Increased Rates of Surgical Treatment of Thyroid Cancer

Health Care Expansion Tied to Increased Rates of Surgical Treatment of Thyroid Cancer

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Thyroid is more likely to be managed with surgical intervention when patients have access to expanded health insurance.

Thyroid Cancer Incidence Increasing Among Younger, Hispanic, African American Populations

Thyroid Cancer Incidence Increasing Among Younger, Hispanic, African American Populations

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A report on incidence of thyroid cancer shows incidence of the disease is increasing among certain populations: younger persons, Hispanic, and African American.

Continuing Nivolumab After Progression of Head and Neck Cancer May Improve Survival

Continuing Nivolumab After Progression of Head and Neck Cancer May Improve Survival

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Continuing immunotherapy after disease progression extends survival for some patients with head and neck cancer.

Presence of Protein E6 Predictive of Oropharyngeal Cancer Risk in HPV16-Infected Persons

Presence of Protein E6 Predictive of Oropharyngeal Cancer Risk in HPV16-Infected Persons

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Protein produced by chronically infected cells in persons with HPV16 infection serves as a biomarker for risk of cancer of the oropharynx.

Thymomas Trigger Newly Described Autoimmune Endocrine Disease

Thymomas Trigger Newly Described Autoimmune Endocrine Disease

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Thymomas can result in a newly described autoimmune disease, potentially leading to hypopituitarism,

No Intervention for Small Thyroid Cancers May Cause Anxiety

No Intervention for Small Thyroid Cancers May Cause Anxiety

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Deciding not to intervene for small, incidentally identified thyroid cancer may cause patients to experience anxiety and feelings of isolation.

HPV Vaccination Discussions Need to Focus on Education, Awareness

HPV Vaccination Discussions Need to Focus on Education, Awareness

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The top reasons for not initiating HPV vaccination are necessity, safety, and knowledge, rather than a lack of discussions on sexuality.

ASCO Endorses ACS Head and Neck Survivorship Care Guideline

ASCO Endorses ACS Head and Neck Survivorship Care Guideline

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ASCO endorses ACS head and neck survivorship care guideline, which supports health promotion, especially regarding tobacco cessation and dental care.

Nurse Navigators Improve Physician Engagement in Pretreatment Discussions

Nurse Navigators Improve Physician Engagement in Pretreatment Discussions

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Oncology nurse navigators improved physician engagement in multidisciplinary discussions prior to the initiation of treatment for patients with head and neck cancer.

Single Chemotherapy Dose Informs Treatment Strategy for Advanced Laryngeal Cancer

Single Chemotherapy Dose Informs Treatment Strategy for Advanced Laryngeal Cancer

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A new approach in which patients receive a single dose of chemotherapy may greatly improve the laryngeal cancer survival rate.

HNSCC Survival Worse for Patients in Lower Socioeconomic Population

HNSCC Survival Worse for Patients in Lower Socioeconomic Population

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Investigators determined the impact of socioeconomic status on disease status at presentation and survival among patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.

Oral SCC Diagnosis Has Greater Affect on Sexual Behavior Than HPV Status

Oral SCC Diagnosis Has Greater Affect on Sexual Behavior Than HPV Status

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The impact of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) diagnosis and treatment on sexual behavior and relationship stress with respect to HPV status was evaluated in this study. Participants included patients with HPV-positive and HPV-negative disease, as well as partners.

Bioselection-individualized Treatment Modality Selection Improves Advanced Laryngeal Cancer Survival

Bioselection-individualized Treatment Modality Selection Improves Advanced Laryngeal Cancer Survival

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Multivariate analysis indicates that disease-specific survival of individuals with advanced laryngeal cancer was improved for those receiving neoadjuvant therapy.

High CVD Risk in Patients With Head, Neck Squamous Cell Cancer

High CVD Risk in Patients With Head, Neck Squamous Cell Cancer

Twenty-three percent of patients with HNSCC had CVD at the time of their diagnosis.

Cancer Cachexia Associated With Poor Outcomes

Cancer Cachexia Associated With Poor Outcomes

Findings at 6 and 12 months after treatment for advanced head and neck cancer indicate a higher risk of recurrences for those reporting cachexia after their treatment.

Uric Acid May Mark Progression for Nasopharyngeal Cancer

Uric Acid May Mark Progression for Nasopharyngeal Cancer

High pretreatment uric acid may be a clinical biomarker for lung metastasis.

Stepped Psychological Care for Patients with Head and Neck or Lung Cancer

Stepped Psychological Care for Patients with Head and Neck or Lung Cancer

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For patients with head and neck or lung cancer, stepped care programs may offer a more affordable yet effective approach.

Panitumumab Plus Accelerated RT Not Effective for Locoregionally Advanced HNSCC

Panitumumab Plus Accelerated RT Not Effective for Locoregionally Advanced HNSCC

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Progression-free survival with panitumumab plus accelerated-fractionation radiotherapy was compared with that of cisplatin plus standard-fractionation radiotherapy in patients with locoregionally advanced HNSCC in a recently published study.

USPSTF Continues Recommendations Against Thyroid Cancer Screening

USPSTF Continues Recommendations Against Thyroid Cancer Screening

Widespread routine thyroid cancer screening can lead to overdiagnosis and overtreatment, the USPSTF contends.

Metabolic Syndrome Associated With Increased Risk of Esophageal Cancer in Older Patients

Metabolic Syndrome Associated With Increased Risk of Esophageal Cancer in Older Patients

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A retrospective evaluation investigated the association between risk of esophageal cancer, metabolic syndrome, Barrett esophagus, and GERD in older persons.

Smoking-related Cancer Deaths Highest in Southern United States

Smoking-related Cancer Deaths Highest in Southern United States

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Smoking-attributable cancer mortality estimates have not been established by state; therefore, in this study, the proportion of cancer deaths among persons 35 years and older related to cigarette smoking in 2014 was calculated for each state and DC.

Outcomes Are Better for HPV16-Associated Oropharyngeal Cancer, but Not for Other HPV Strains

Outcomes Are Better for HPV16-Associated Oropharyngeal Cancer, but Not for Other HPV Strains

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Patients with oropharyngeal tumors that harbor HPV16 have higher 5-year survival and lower recurrence rates than patients with tumors that harbor other HPV strains or are HPV-negative.

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