2016-Year in Review: Advances in Management of Head and Neck Cancer
Globally, head and neck cancer (HNC) comprises the seventh most common type of cancer with an estimated 400,000-600,000 diagnoses every year. 2016 saw significant advances in understanding the role of Human Papilloma Virus in head and neck cancers and breakthrough advances in treatment with precision medicines that help the immune system recognize and attack cancer.
PD-1 is a protein that inhibits certain types of immune responses. Drugs that block PD-1 enhance the ability of the immune system to fight cancer. Keytruda and Opdivo are both PD-1 inhibitors that work by blocking PD-1 and have demonstrated impressive activity in the treatment of head and neck cancers. PD-1 inhibitors represent a significant advance in the treatment of head and neck cancers and will continue to be evaluated in combination with other novel and established therapies in 2017 in order to further advance the outcomes of individuals with head and neck cancers.
CancerConnect News coverage of advances in the management of head and neck cancer included the following key developments in 2016:
2016 HNC Research News
- Keytruda® Approved for Advanced Head and Neck Cancer
- Long-Lasting Responses Achieved with Keytruda® in Advanced Head and Neck Cancer
- Particular HPV Strain Linked to Improved Prognosis for Throat Cancer
- PET/CT Combined More Effective Than MRI in Monitoring Head and Neck Cancer Patients’ Response to Treatment
- Compliance with Radiation Schedules Improves Survival in Head and Neck Cancer
- More Evidence that PD-1 Inhibitors Improve Survival in Head and Neck Cancer
- Addition of Chemotherapy Improves Survival in Some Elderly Patients with Head and Neck Cancer
- Follow-Up Scans Reduce Need for Some Invasive Surgeries in Head and Neck Cancer
- Opdivo Approved for Advanced Head and Neck Cancer
Other 2016 Head & Neck Cancer News
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