Head and Neck Cancer: Molecular Oncology Tumor Boards

This free case-based activity includes a crowd-sourced discussion of a 57-year-old female who presents with a 4 month history of increasing odontophagia, dysphagia, and changes in breathing while sleeping. One month from her existing diagnosis, the patient developed left-sided otalgia. Her physical exam now reveals a fixed, non-tender level II lymph node in her left neck. The patient is then referred to an otolaryngologist for further work up and evaluation.

Originally posted on a forum in the ASCO Connection, users now have the opportunity to claim CME, completion, or participation certificates for completing this activity.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Evaluate the appropriate work up and treatment for HPV-related head and neck cancer
  2. Analyze the interpretation and limitations of p16 staining as a surrogate marker for HPV
  3.  Identify the work up and treatment for a head and neck cancer of unknown primary

Competencies Addressed:
Medical Knowledge (ACGME, AAPA)
Health Promotion, Health Protection, Disease Prevention, and Treatment (ONS)

Target Audience:

This course is designed for members of the cancer care team including medical, radiation and surgical oncologists, pathologists, and oncology fellows.