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Department of Radiation Oncology

Department of Radiation Oncology

HPV Patients with Comorbidities and Their Adherence to Radiotherapy

February 18, 2014

Congratulations to our current residents, Drs. Dominique Rash and Clayton Hess, and current faculty, Drs. Megan Daly and Andrew Vaughan who had their paper, "Competing Causes of Death and Medical Comorbidities Among Patients With Human Papillomavirus–Positive vs Human Papillomavirus–Negative Oropharyngeal Carcinoma and Impact on Adherence to Radiotherapy" published in the February 2014 edition of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Otolaryngology. The researchers studied the medical and psychosocial comorbidity differences in patients, which may affect their adherence to radiation oncology treatment compliance when diagnosed with human papillomavirus (HPV). As a result of their research, they determined that when patients' psychosocial habits were reviewed, coupled with their HPV status and comorbidities, patients' with an HPV-negative status not only had a higher use of alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana but also resulted in higher missed radiation oncology treatments.

For the full article, please see Competing Causes of Death and Medical Comorbidities Among Patients With Human Papillomavirus–Positive vs Human Papillomavirus–Negative Oropharyngeal Carcinoma and Impact on Adherence to Radiotherapy.