Treating HPV-Positive Head and Neck Cancer

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David Pfister, Chief of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Head and Neck Oncology Service, says that all head and neck cancers are treated the same way, regardless of whether they are caused by infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). Patients who are treated for HPV-positive cancers have better outcomes than people with other types of head and neck cancer. Researchers are currently investigating ways to customize treatment for people with HPV-positive head and neck tumors without compromising the cure rate. Dr. Pfister also emphasizes the importance of seeking treatment from a multidisciplinary cancer care team that is highly experienced in treating head and neck cancer.