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HPV-driven oropharyngeal squamous cell cancer in Croatia — demography and survival

Božinović, Ksenija; Sabol, Ivan; Rakušić, Zoran; Jakovčević, Antonia; Šekerija, Mario; Lukinović, Juraj; Prgomet, Drago; Grce, Magdalena (2019) HPV-driven oropharyngeal squamous cell cancer in Croatia — demography and survival. PLoS One, 14 (2). ISSN 1932-6203

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Objectives: Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is the sixth most common malignancy worldwide. Main HNSCC risk factors are tobacco, alcohol, and high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV+ oropharyngeal squamous cell cancer (OPSCC) usually have different etiology, increasing incidence and often show an improved survival when compared to HPV-negative cases. The objective of the current study was to retrospectively examine the influence of HPV on the survival of OPSCC patients in a non-Western population setting. Materials and Methods: We determined the presence of HPV DNA and/or RNA in 99 formalin- fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) tissue samples of OPSCC patients treated between 2002 and 2015. Patients were compared based on laboratory, demographic, clinical, life style characteristics and survival. Results: HPV RNA was found in 29.3% cases. However, groups based on HPV data (either RNA, DNA or retrospectively collected p16 staining) did not show significant differences. Overall, 5-year survival was 30% with minimal influence of the HPV positivity. Conclusions: The HPV influence on survival of OPSCC patients is not identical between populations probably due to other factors overshadowing the HPV effect. This should be taken into account when treatment or policy decisions are made in each particular setting.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: head neck cancer, HPV, survival
Subjects: BIOMEDICINE AND HEALTHCARE > Basic Medical Sciences
Divisions: Division of Molecular Biology
Division of Molecular Medicine
Project titleProject leaderProject codeProject type
Epigenetičke promjene karcinoma pločastih stanica glave i vrata-EpiC-HNSCCMagdalena GrceIP-2013-11-4758HRZZ
Depositing User: Ksenija Božinović
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2019 14:14
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0211577

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