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Cowboy raises awareness for oral cancer

15. April 2016

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Source: www.kristv.com Author: Annie Sabo   In an environment where smokeless and spit tobacco is prevalent, cowboy, Cody Kiser, says he feels like the luckiest guy in the world to represent the Oral Cancer Foundation. He told us, “I just happened to be in a class with a classmate. Their sister works for the oral […]

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Merck Says FDA Accepts Its SBLA For Keytruda For Treatment Of Head & Neck Cancer

13. April 2016

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Source: www.finchannel.com Author: Fin Channel News Editorial Staff   The FINANCIAL — Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, on April 13 announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for review the supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for KEYTRUDA (pembrolizumab), the company’s anti-PD-1 therapy, for the treatment of […]

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The burden of cancer isn’t just cancer

11. April 2016

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Source: www.news.doximity.com Author: Carolyn Y. Johnson   Money is low on the list of things most people want to think about after a doctor says the scary word “cancer.” And it’s not just patients — physicians also want to weigh the best treatment options to rout the cancer, unburdened by financial nitty gritty. But a growing body of evidence suggests that, far […]

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Study supports immunotherapy/radiation combo in head and neck cancer

11. April 2016

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Source: www.onclive.com Author: Laura Panjwani There may be potential synergy between radiation therapy, given with or without chemotherapy, and immune checkpoint inhibitors in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN), according to results of a prospective study. The study, which was presented at the the 2016 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer […]

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Forgotten patients: New guidelines help those with head-and-neck cancers

11. April 2016

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Source: www.fredhutch.org Author: Diane Mapes and Sabrina Richards Stigma, isolation and medical complexity may keep patients from getting all the care they need; recommendations aim to change that. Like many cancer patients, Jennifer Giesel has side effects from treatment. There’s the neuropathy in her hands, a holdover from chemo. There’s jaw stiffness from her multiple […]

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Increased frequency of unknown primary SCC linked to HPV–positive disease

11. April 2016

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Source: www.healio.com Author: staff The occurrence of HPV–positive unknown primary squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck has significantly increased in recent years, according to the results of a retrospective study. HPV–positive unknown primary squamous cell carcinoma (UPSCC) appeared most prevalent among younger men. UPSCC of the head and neck is comparatively rare, accounting […]

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Suicide: A Major Threat to Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship

24. March 2016

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Source: www.jco.ascopubs.com Authors: Nosayaba Osazuwa-Peters, Eric Adjei Boakye, and Ronald J. Walker
, Mark A. Varvares   TO THE EDITOR: The article by Ringash that was recently published in Journal of Clinical Oncology provided a compelling narrative of both the improvements made in head and neck cancer survivorship, as well as the challenges created by longer-term […]

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Nonsurgical surveillance safe, cost-effective for head, neck cancer

24. March 2016

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Source: www.healio.com Author: Mehanna H, et al. Patients with head and neck cancer who underwent PET/CT–guided surveillance achieved similar survival outcomes as those who underwent planned neck dissections, according to the results of a prospective, randomized controlled trial. However, surveillance led to fewer surgical operations and complications and appeared more cost-effective than neck dissection, results […]

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ACS now has a guideline for care of head and neck cancer survivors

24. March 2016

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Source: www.ajmc.com Author: Surabhi Dangi-Garimella, PhD With an increasing population of head and neck cancer survivors in the United States, the American Cancer Society identified the need to develop survivorship guidelines that can lend support to primary care clinicians and other health practitioners as they care for survivors. With an increasing population of head and […]

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Patient survives stage IV, inoperable throat cancer in clinical trial

21. March 2016

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Source: medicalxpress.com Author: staff It took a white lie to get David Polisini, 79, to a doctor in 2004, after months of being unable to swallow. “Two of my daughters, Toni and Susie, showed up on my back porch and told me to put my jacket on,” he says. “They told me we were just […]

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