Head & Neck Cancer | Tumor

CURE’s head & neck cancer page is a go-to resource for oncology news and updates in the world of head & neck cancer Here, readers will find cancer articles, videos, podcasts, and more with expert insight to the latest treatments and research in head & neck cancer.

Opdivo in Head and Neck Cancer Represents New Hope and the Culmination of a Career

February 9th 2016

"This is what I've devoted my career to, and it is gratifying to see that really come to pass," says Robert Ferris.

Presence of HPV in Mouthwash Sample May Predict Oral Cancer Risk

February 4th 2016

The likelihood of developing oropharyngeal cancer was 22 times higher among individuals with detectable human papillomavirus (HPV)-16 in their mouthwash samples.

Opdivo Improves Survival in Phase 3 Study of Head and Neck Cancer

January 30th 2016

The study was stopped early after an independent monitoring panel determined the primary endpoint of improvement in OS was met.

The Short Jacket: Navigating the ICU With Head and Neck Cancer

January 29th 2016

Reflections on the wonders — and the hierarchy — of modern hospital care.

How Fire Flies: An Encounter With Head and Neck Cancer

January 18th 2016

A poem about a two-year encounter with advanced cancer of the head and neck.

Time To Heal From Cancer Treatment

January 13th 2016

Recovery, like all good things, takes time. Don't short yourself.

I Have Excellent Taste: Regaining a Sense After Treatment for Head and Neck Cancer

December 17th 2015

Never underestimate the power and inner strength of a hungry cancer patient.

Researchers Continue to Develop Less Toxic Treatments for HPV+ Oropharyngeal Cancers

November 14th 2015

While the prognosis remains good for individuals with HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancers, researchers are currently seeking less intense treatment options that are equally effective but not as toxic.

Healing From Head and Neck Cancer: It's in the Way You Move

November 3rd 2015

Something in the way she moves ...

Bethany Andrews Rhoten on How Patients Can Cope With Body Image Issues

September 30th 2015

Bethany Andrews Rhoten, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Vanderbilt University, discusses how patients with cancer can cope with body image issues.

Bethany Andrews Rhoten on Body Image Issues Among Patients With Head and Neck Cancer

September 29th 2015

Bethany Andrews Rhoten, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Vanderbilt University, discusses body images among patients and survivors of head and neck cancer.

Mouth Rinse Could Predict HPV-Related Oral Cancer Recurrence

September 4th 2015

Gypsyamber D'Souza and other researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health monitored 124 patients newly diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer from 2009 through 2013.

Zyprexa Relieves Nausea in Patients Treated for Head and Neck Cancer

July 7th 2015

Nausea and vomiting associated with anticancer therapies continue to be among patients' most troubling symptoms.

Removing Neck Nodes Before the Spread of Oral Cancer Saves More Lives

June 2nd 2015

Removing lymph nodes in the neck before they are affected by oral squamous cell cancer is a life-saving measure and should be adopted as a new standard in treating the disease, according to the results of a phase 3 study.

Keytruda Doubles Efficacy of Only Targeted Therapy for Head and Neck Cancer

May 31st 2015

The immunotherapy Keytruda (pembrolizumab), in a recent study, proved twice as effective for the treatment of head and neck cancer as Erbitux (cetuximab), the only targeted therapy indicated as a therapy for the disease.

Jeannie Woith on the Treatment of Oral Mucositis in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer

May 14th 2015

Jeannie Woith, BSN, RN, LMT, The James Cancer Hospital, The Ohio State University, discusses the treatment of oral mucositis in patients with head and neck cancer.

Genomic Profiling Leads to New Clues in Head and Neck Cancer

February 10th 2015

Thanks to The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Research Network, researchers now have a better understanding of genomic alternations in head and neck cancers.

HPV-Related Cancers Rising

March 14th 2013

Cases of HPV-related cancers are on the rise, specifically those associated with head and neck and anal cancers.

Combining Radiation and Chemotherapy May Improve Outcomes

March 13th 2013

In the right cancer, radiation and chemotherapy can make a powerful duo.

Prevention is the Best Medicine When It Comes to HPV

June 16th 2012

Although there are advances in treating cancers linked to the human papillomavirus (HPV), the best medicine is to prevent the disease in the first place.

Facing the Facts: HPV-Associated Head and Neck Cancers Get a Second Look

June 15th 2012

HPV causes surge in oral cancer rates.


December 21st 2011

The latest in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

Men May Be at Greater Risk Than Women for Developing HPV-Related Cancers

June 9th 2011

HPV-positive oral cancers are on the rise.

Making a Point

December 24th 2010

Acupuncture reduces pain and dry mouth in head and neck cancer patients.

The Cost of Living

December 9th 2010

Cancer patients are living longer, but if radiation was part of their treatment, late effects may be a problem.

Beyond Face Value

December 22nd 2009

The insecurity and insight that come from cancer's battle scars.

The Internal Flame

September 16th 2009

Chronic inflammation causes cancer. Find out how and what's being done about it.

Removing the Guesswork

September 12th 2007

A number of diagnostic, prognostic, or predictive tests can help determine the optimal course of treatment by using predictive markers from the patient’s or tumor’s genetic information.

Surgeons and Robots

June 11th 2007

Minimally invasive technologies transform the landscape of cancer surgery.

Breaking News from ASCO

June 11th 2007

Updates from the 2007 meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology includes news on liver, kidney, lung, colon, pancreatic and breast cancers.