Human papilloma virus (HPV)

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is now known to cause some head and neck cancers, mainly in the tonsil and back of the tongue (tongue base).

A special tissue stain (called p16) is done on a small part of cancer tissue removed during a biopsy. This tests whether HPV could be the cause of your cancer.

Its important to know if your cancer is from HPV because those types of cancer respond well to specific treatment. It can help your doctor to choose the best treatment for you.

Click here to learn more about the Human Papilloma Virus and treatment for Oropharyngeal Cancer. 

  • Throat Cancer and HPV
    • This leaflet was developed by the Health Behaviour Research Centre, University College London and Resonant agency, and updated by The University of Sydney and Katharine Morgan
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