Head and Neck Cancer Meeting Summary and Research Opportunities

ArticleinCancer Research 64(21):8126-9 · December 2004with12 Reads
DOI: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-04-2445 · Source: PubMed
Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is the most common malignant neoplasm arising in the mucosa of the upper aerodigestive tract. Nearly two thirds of patients present with advanced (stage III and IV) disease. Fifty percent of HNSCC patients die of their disease, and 5% of HNSCC patients per year will develop additional second primary tumors. Currently used therapeutic modalities (surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy) have been associated with rather modest improvements in patient survival. The Head and Neck Cancer: Research and Therapeutic Opportunities Workshop (held in Washington, DC, May 24-26, 2004) was organized by the Division of Cancer Biology at the National Cancer Institute to identify research areas and directions that will advance understanding of HNSCC biology and accelerate clinical translation. The primary goal of the workshop was to identify the barriers that impede basic science discovery and the translation of these developments to the clinical setting. Over a 2.5-day period, experts in both HNSCC and other cancer-related fields met to identify and prioritize the key areas for future research. The overall consensus was that HNSCC is a relatively understudied malignancy and that investigations that focus on the biology of this tumor have the potential to impact significantly on the prevention and treatment of epithelial malignancies. The chief objective is to communicate these research goals to the cancer biology community and encourage more interest in HNSCC as a tumor model to test translational research hypotheses.
    • "Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) accounts for over 90% of all head and neck cancers, with approximately 650,000 cases diagnosed each year worldwide [1,2]. Because of the aggressive nature of the disease, the five-year survival rate remains around 50%, despite some advances in treatment over that last 30 years. "
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    • "Furthermore, patients with invasion and metastasis to surrounding tissues in the early stages, usually have an unfavorable prognosis [2]. Although combined modality treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and improved surgical techniques have been applied in clinic, these have not translated into significant improvements in survival [3]. Thus, it is necessary to find novel cancer-related molecules for diagnosis and consequently to improve prognosis of hypopharyngeal carcinoma. "
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    • "Pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia (PEH) is a reactive epithelial proliferation that occurs in response to underlying infections, inflammations, or neoplasms.1 Histologically, PEH is characterized by proliferating strands of thin, markedly elongated, anastomosing epithelium, and heavy infiltration of inflammatory cells, as well as varying degrees of hyperkeratosis and papillomatosis. Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the head and neck region represents a major worldwide health problem, with patients exhibiting a 5-year survival rate of <50%.2 Compared with SCC, PEH lacks pronounced nuclear atypia, abundant or abnormal mitosis, and prominent dyskeratosis.3 "
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