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Head and Neck Cancer Specialty Updates

February 2015

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— Samir Khariwala, MD

Otolaryngology award to UMN Health surgeon

Samir S. Khariwala, MD, a University of Minnesota Cancer Care otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon, was recently awarded the Seventh Annual George L. Adams, MD, Young Faculty Award. Established in 2007 and given annually by the Triological Society, this award recognizes a young academic otolaryngologist chosen for the honor by a committee of peers and department chairs.

Two clinical trials soon to be enrolling

Cancer Care will soon be enrolling patients with oropharyngeal cancer in 2 randomized, phase II clinical trials. The first will enroll patients with stage III-IVA, human-papilloma-virus-positive oropharyngeal cancer. This trial is designed to compare patient outcomes among 4 treatment arms: transoral surgery alone, transoral surgery followed by low-dose radiation therapy, transoral surgery followed by standard-dose radiation therapy, and transoral surgery followed by standard-dose radiation therapy plus chemotherapy.

In the second trial, patients with stage III-IV, human-papilloma-virus-negative oropharyngeal cancer will be treated with chemotherapy and radiation, with or without transoral surgery.

The investigators for these studies include Bevan Yueh, MD, Samir Khariwala, MD, Frank Ondrey, MD, PhD, Gautam Jha, MD, Margaret Reynolds, MD, Amy Anne Lassig, MD, Emiro Caicedo-Granados, MD, and Manish Patel, DO.

Head and neck cancer survivor conference

If you have head and neck cancer survivor patients who would like to learn about current research and tips on maintaining well-being after cancer treatment, we invite them to attend our head and neck cancer survivor conference on Saturday, April 18. This conference is open to all survivors, families, and caregivers regardless of where treatment occurred. Email oto@umn.edu for more information. 

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