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HPV P16 positive cancer
Thanks Colleen, I am male so cancer was obviously Oropharyngeal for me. And yes mum's was also HPV positive. They tell me its not hereditary however it is very coincidental nonetheless.
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Chamst, HPV infections are not uncommon. So it is entirely possible for both your mom and you to have HPV-related cancers without it being hereditary.
I’d like to bring fellow members @ptlhrms @alpaca @loli @fxdwing and @catlyn into this discussion as they have experience with oropharyngeal cancer and HPV positive cancers.
Chamst, have you had a chance to discuss your concerns about radiation and dosage with the radiation oncologist?
Hi@chamst I belong to a biggish group in New Zealand and although my cancer was not HPV many of my friends have had an HPV-related head and neck cancer. It's due to a very common virus that most of us shake off but which for an unlucky few lurks for years or decades until it causes a cancerous tumour. Luckily, HPV-related head and neck cancers are easier to treat and have a better survival rate. Best of luck with your treatment.
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