Discussing the diagnosis of HPV-OSCC: Common questions and answers

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Human papillomavirus (HPV) is responsible for a rising proportion of oropharyngeal squamous cell cancers (OSCCs). HPV-positive OSCCs (HPV-OSCCs) are associated with oral HPV infection and sexual behavior. Patient questions regarding risk factors, prognosis and implications for past, present and future relationships often arise. This manuscript addresses frequently asked questions by patients with HPV-OSCC and their families. A framework for clinicians to address these conversations and the limitations of our present knowledge base is also presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)863-871
Number of pages9
JournalOral Oncology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2013


  • Behavior
  • HPV
  • Oropharyngeal cancer
  • Patient counseling
  • Sexually transmitted infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oral Surgery
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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