HPV-Related Throat & Oral Cancers

The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes most oropharyngeal cancers in the United States. Look to UC San Diego Health to successfully treat your HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer, even when your cancer is advanced.

Nationally Ranked Cancer Care

UC San Diego Health is ranked among the top 50 in the nation for cancer care and ear, nose and throat care by U.S. News & World Report. We're also the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in San Diego County. This is the highest possible rating for a U.S. cancer center, and it means you'll receive the best possible care and support. Studies show patient outcomes are better at NCI-designated cancer centers.

Expertise in HPV-Related Throat & Oral Cancer

We provide expertise in all aspects of care for HPV-related throat and oral cancer, including:

  • Experienced oncologists who can help to ensure an accurate diagnosis
  • Personalized and supportive care, with state-of-the-art genetic tumor testing to individualize treatment options
  • Dedicated head and neck surgeons with extensive experience in minimally invasive robotic and laser surgeries, as well as reconstruction 
  • Opportunities to participate in novel clinical trials, including some that are unique to our center 
  • An internationally recognized head and neck cancer care team, including experts in voice and swallowing rehabilitation
  • All the supportive resources of a world-class cancer center, including nutrition advice, support groups, and mind/body classes

Diagnosing & Treating HPV Cancers

We use genetic sequencing to evaluate your unique tumor type. With this critical information, we determine which treatment options — including potential new therapies being studied in clinical trials — may be most effective. Treatment decisions are also based on the size and location of the tumor, how advanced the disease is, and your overall health. Treatment may include surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy. Your medical oncologist works with your care team to determine the most effective treatment.

Head & Neck Cancer Care Team

We collaborate with you to deliver world-class care in a caring, supportive environment. Your care team may include surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, dietitians, social workers, radiologists, rehabilitation therapists, and speech and language therapists, or other physicians and professionals for your personal care plan.

Second Opinion Services

When you have a diagnosis as serious as cancer, you deserve a second opinion on your treatment options.

How to Get a Second Opinion

Clinical Trials

Advancing Cancer Care and Prevention

UC San Diego Health physicians are actively researching ways to improve cancer care. By joining a clinical trial, you may receive a new cancer treatment before it is available to the public. If your cancer has not responded to standard therapies, talk to your doctor about whether a clinical trial could be right for you.

Patient & Family Supportive Services

At UC San Diego Health, your care goes beyond treating disease. It also includes supporting you and your loved ones emotionally during your cancer journey. Most of our support services are free.

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About HPV-Related Cancers