Feb 23, 2011 - 9:56 am
Went for a check up at Johns Hopkins with my Radiation and Chemo doctors yesterday and everything checked out great. They both say that im doing extremely well. My oncologist was telling me that they discovering lots of new things about HPV+ cancers. She said that there are two clinical trials going on right now and that one of them is a nationwide. They think that HPV+ might be being over treated.What she told me is that in the clinical trial they are giving a stronger dose of chemotherapy first ( I think she said 9 weeks but not sure)to shrink the tumor first followed by 5 weeks (as opposed to 7 weeks) of radiation - doing less damage to healthy tissue in the body. Also they are doing more pinpointed radiation to help reduce the amount of damage to the body. She said they will not have definitive answers for a couple of years of the study. Maybe if you look online you could find out more info. Just passing along the info.