• Head and Neck cancer related to HPV virus

    Asked by NeckCancer on Tuesday, November 7, 2017

    Head and Neck cancer related to HPV virus

    I was told by my doctor that my throat cancer is most likely related to HPV that I might have come in contact with years earlier. Has anyone else been told this?

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • geekling's Avatar

      Lots of folks have been told this.

      The consensus does not necessarily make the statement true or untrue.

      I had anal cancer [squamous cell] but the oncologist did not insult me by saying such a thing. Of course there had yet to be a vaccine developed and doctors were still unbelieving that woman could/would get such a problem.

      I did note, however and with a grain of salt, that male friends with your type of cancer loved the story and reveries about their youthful studliness.

      Best wishes for recovered good health.

      over 4 years ago
    • Dkatsmeow's Avatar

      Yes it is quite common. If you have childern get them the HPV vaccine so that is one less thing they have to worry about. And actually I was told I would have a better chance of survival if I had the P16 marker. Unfortunately my throat cancer is not from HPV. My daughter is one of those against all the vaccines out there. But she realizes the importance of the HPV vaccine. I have had HPV (plantar warts) but it went away and has no bearing on my cancer. That is the problem with HPV, in some people it goes away. In others it likes to hang around and cause trouble.
      On a lighter note. wish me well! I just bought a new car. It is a used 2017, but new to me. IT has heated seats & all the bells & whistels. I am planning on being around long enough to pay the car off!!! Don't really need a reason to survive, but encouragement always helps!
      Good luck & God Bless with your journey!

      over 4 years ago
    • SteveG's Avatar

      Twice. Both my throat cancer and my later sinus cancer were traced to HPV. Proof that not just females should get the vaccine.

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      SteveG that's interesting. How did they trace it to HPV? Did they test the tumor or how do they find out?

      over 4 years ago
    • NeckCancer's Avatar

      Thanks for your responses

      over 4 years ago
    • Lauraandmary's Avatar

      HPV testing needs to be done. If positive, generally has a better chance of positive outcome.

      over 4 years ago
    • Danfan714's Avatar

      I was told that I had it and it was but one of the many risk factors that I had.

      over 4 years ago
    • vet613's Avatar

      My BOT was shown to be HPV related by tissue testing. The treatment protocol was different in a clinical I thought of participating in. I never did the trial.

      over 4 years ago

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