Human Papillomavirus-Associated Head and Neck Cancer

Juan C. Nogues, BS; Scott Fassas, MD; Collin Mulcahy, MD; Philip E. Zapanta, MD


J Am Board Fam Med. 2021;34(4):832-837. 

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Follow-up for these patients is complex, often requiring multiple specialists to treat their disease such as medical oncologists, head and neck radiation oncologists, otolaryngologists, speech language pathologists, and nutritionists. The PCP is not only essential in ensuring that the patient is following up appropriately with specialist services but is also vital in managing any other illnesses or comorbidities that would significantly impact the prognosis. Follow-up with otolaryngology is generally extensive, and patients are seen for many years following treatment for tumor surveillance.