Apr 28, 2009 - 5:39 pm
I have noticed several posts from HNC victims that share a common characteristic of having occured in non-smoking, non-alchol users. I have mentioned this before over the last 18 months or so but wanted to take the liberty of suggesting again that if you are diagnosed with HNC, and especially if you are a non-smoker/non-drinker, ask your Dr. if the Pathologist can DNA screen for one of the high-rish HPV strains. In my case M.D. Anderson did that and as a result determined that my lymph node secondary was HPV16 positive which 90% + of the time points to the tonsil area. They went back in and found the primary in the left tonsil which greatly accelerated the treatment protocol. So, the HPV tag saved my life. Also, it turns out that research indicates that HPV positive SCC's respond significantly better to treatment than HPV negative SCC's, and as a result your 5 year survival odds go up. I found this the proverbial good news/bad news, but at a time when any good news was a God send. If you are interested in more, copy and paste these into your browser.
Though the most common way to be exposed to HPV in the head and neck is by oral sex, that is not the only way. In my case we determined that my biological mother most likely was positive and gave it to me either in-utero or during the trip through the birth canal. Either way, it deserves serious consideration.
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Meanwhile, God Bless and please don't overlook the importance of a link to HPV.