HPV-Associated Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Base of Tongue

Head and neck surgeon Carole Fakhry, director of the Johns Hopkins Head and Neck Cancer Center, describes the case of a patient who presented to the Johns Hopkins Head and Neck Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic team with a right-sided neck mass that had been diagnosed by fine needle aspiration as HPV-associated squamous cell carcinoma. It was determined he had a base of tongue mass. After discussion with the Johns Hopkins team and his family, the patient opted to move forward with a transoral resection of the 5-centimeter base of tongue tumor and neck dissection. Although the tumor was removed completely, the patient received chemoradiation therapy post-surgery as pathology found 5 millimeters of extra nodal extension. 

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Carole Fakhry, MD, MPH

Carole Fakhry, MD, MPH

Director, Johns Hopkins Head and Neck Cancer Center

Chief, Division of Head and Neck Surgery

Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

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