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HPV P16 positive cancer

Head & Neck Cancer | Last Active: Apr 24 4:50pm | Replies (14)

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I just got diagnosed with this type of cancer. Am yet to start treatment but am told it will be Cisplastin (Chemo) and targeted radiation for 7 weeks. My mum had a very similar cancer treated the same way a couple of years ago. She has had significant damage done by the radiation and now cannot keep her weight up, even two years later. I would like to suggest a lower dose of radiation since this P16+ responds so well to radiation anyway. I'm hoping the radiology oncologist will agree…

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Hi @chamst and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I can imagine that you are nervous about radiation and treatment after seeing what you mum went through and what she continues to struggle with even now. Was your mum's cancer also HPV-positive? Was your HPV-positive cancer found in the cervix area or oropharynx (oral cavity) area?

Sorry, I can’t be of help. My husbands cancer was stage 4 and they didn’t consider radiation an option.