Current clinical trials
There are a number of ongoing clinical trials on HPV and oropharyngeal cancer. Based on evidence of increased incidence in young men, one such trial conducted by the Sydney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center (No. NCT00897273) has gathered information on HPV infection in the mouths of young men to identify potential risk factors for oropharyngeal cancer.
Research on determining molecular pathways of HPV infection will improve personalized treatment for patients with HPV-associated head and neck cancer. Advances in surgical procedures will minimize pain and discomfort. Currently, the CDC advisory panel has recommended vaccinating boys ages 11 to 12 years with Gardasil.20 A combination of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment will help prevent the increase in HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancer.
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