Marker Illustrates Disease Progress

The German Cancer Research Centre team headed by Jochen Hess has identified a chemical marking pattern in the genetic material of cancer cells in the oropharynx, which indicates a less strong progress of the disease. Patients displaying this marker could be eligible for a less intensive and therefore better tolerated treatment. Risk factors for cancer of the oropharynx are predominantly alcohol and nicotine, as well as infection with human papillomavirus. The chances of effecting a cure are often quite positive, yet there are also cases with complications. The newly discovered marker coincides with the easily curable cases and thus can help in choosing the best form of treatment.

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DKFZ Press release (in German)

13.05.2013 , af

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