Long-Term Impact of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) on Quality of Life


The investigators are doing this study to learn about the quality of life patients have at the end of treatment. Some patients' cancers are related to human papilloma virus or HPV; others are not. HPV is a virus that can be sexually transmitted and is known to cause some types of cancers. If your throat cancer was related to HPV, your doctor can discuss this with you in detail. The investigators want to see if there are differences in quality of life between patients whose cancers are caused by HPV and those who cancers are not caused by HPV. Throat cancers caused by HPV behave differently than throat cancers not caused by HPV. The investigators believe that patients with these two different types of throat cancer will also have different experiences after completing therapy. The investigators would like to understand what those differences are. The long-term goal of this study is to see what symptoms most patients have. The investigators can then try to treat them earlier, and hopefully, improve the symptoms. The investigators will also be able to plan more research to improve treatment for symptoms following treatment for cancer of the mouth and throat.

Study Start Date

August 2010

Estimated Completion Date

August 2016


  • Behavioral: questionnaire and semi-structured interviews


  • Internal Medicine: Infectious Disease
  • Nursing: Immuno/Infectious Dz
  • Infectious Disease: Other Viral/Bacterial
  • Physician Assistant: Infectious Disease

MeSH Terms

  • Carcinoma, Squamous Cell
  • Oropharyngeal Neoplasms

Study ID

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center -- 10-111



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Enrollment Quota



Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Inclusion Criteria

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma of the oropharynx confirmed by the pathology department at MSKCC
  • Completed last treatment for oropharynx cancer (surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation) at least 12 months and no more than 5 years before the date of study enrollment
  • Known tumor status or tumor available for HPV testing [based on chromogenic in situ hybridization with wide spectrum HPV probe (HPV III family 16 probe (Ventana) with affinity to HPV genotypes 16, 18, 31, 33, 35, 45, 51, 52, 56, 58, and 66) or p16 immunohistochemistry done in a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA)-approved laboratory
  • if either of these 2 tests are positive, the patient is classified as positive].
  • Able to speak and read English (study questionnaire-Aim 1 and interview guide-Aim 2 are currently only available in English).
  • Received at least one component of treatment for oropharynx cancer at MSKCC or the regional network sites
  • If radiation therapy was part of treatment, it must have been delivered at MSKCC or the regional network sites
  • For Aim 2 only, diagnosed with an HPV+ oropharynx cancer and have knowledge of this diagnosis prior to study enrollment

Exclusion Criteria

  • Diagnosed with recurrent disease following completion of primary curative treatment




18 Years and older

Accepts Healthy Volunteers


Study Locations and Contact Information (5)

Study Location Distance Name Phone Email
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Suffolk - Commack, New York 26.2 miles Shrujal Baxi MD 646-888-4236 None
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Suffolk - Commack, New York 26.2 miles None None None
Memorial Sloan Kettering West Harrison - West Harrison, New York 28.7 miles None None None
Memoral Sloan Kettering Cancer Center at Phelps - Sleepy Hollow, New York 33.0 miles None None None
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - New York, New York 50.7 miles None None None

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