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Persistent HPV 16 in oral rinses signals poor prognosis for HPV-positive oropharyngeal carcinoma

from Oncology Nurse Advisor

Although infrequent, detection of human papillomavirus 16 DNA in oral rinses following treatment for HPV-positive oropharyngeal carcinoma "is strongly associated with poor prognosis, highly predictive of recurrence — perhaps more so of local recurrence — and is a potential tool for long-term tumor surveillance," a study concluded at the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting. more

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