The Journal of Clinical Oncology has published a special series issue on head and neck cancers, with a major focus on squamous cell carcinomas arising from the upper aerodigestive tract mucosa.

“In addition, we also address nasopharyngeal cancer, nonmelanoma cutaneous head and neck cancer, and squamous carcinoma of the neck of unknown primary origin,” writes Dr. Danny Rischin of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and associates in an overview for the issue.

The 16 articles in the issue provide the reader with an overview of current evidence and management, recent developments, and insights into future directions, they write.

It was only recently that human papillomavirus was identified as a cause of oropharyngeal cancer and that HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancer was found to have its own unique biologic signature. Three articles are included in the series that review the rapidly evolving understanding of HPV-related head and neck cancers.

Find the overview and series of 16 articles in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (2015 Sep 7. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2015.63.6761).

lfranki@frontlinemedcom.com

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