Analysis of Patterns of Recurrence in Head and Neck Cancer Using Clinicopathomic Markers

2019-09-18 03:27:56 | BioPortfolio


Here, the investigators will develop a clinicopathomic assay from biomarkers obtained from digital pathologies of resected whole-mount oral cavity and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OCSCC and OPSCC) specimens with the goal of administering personalized novel image-guided therapies immediately after primary surgical management in OCSCC and OPSCC patients. The primary aim is to determine the association between clinicopathomic biomarkers and LRR. The secondary aim is to develop a clinicopathomic risk score (assay) such that a decision-support tool can be used by physicians for measuring the benefit of additional therapies (i.e. conventional chemotherapy +/- radiation or administering dose-escalated chemoradiation) in the adjuvant setting to reduce LRR rates.


The proposed study is significant for developing personalized treatments. The proposed research will yield high rewards to patients by providing additional information to clinicians for better prognostication and potentially adapting adjuvant treatments to improve the survival of patients with OCSCC or OPSCC.

Study Design


Head and Neck Neoplasm


Radiomic, pathomic, and clinical markers


Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
M4N 3M5




Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

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Proteins whose abnormal expression (gain or loss) are associated with the development, growth, or progression of NEOPLASMS. Some neoplasm proteins are tumor antigens (ANTIGENS, NEOPLASM), i.e. they induce an immune reaction to their tumor. Many neoplasm proteins have been characterized and are used as tumor markers (TUMOR MARKERS, BIOLOGICAL) when they are detectable in cells and body fluids as monitors for the presence or growth of tumors. Abnormal expression of ONCOGENE PROTEINS is involved in neoplastic transformation, whereas the loss of expression of TUMOR SUPPRESSOR PROTEINS is involved with the loss of growth control and progression of the neoplasm.

Dissection in the neck to remove all disease tissues including cervical LYMPH NODES and to leave an adequate margin of normal tissue. This type of surgery is usually used in tumors or cervical metastases in the head and neck. The prototype of neck dissection is the radical neck dissection described by Crile in 1906.

Soft tissue tumors or cancer arising from the mucosal surfaces of the LIP; oral cavity; PHARYNX; LARYNX; and cervical esophagus. Other sites included are the NOSE and PARANASAL SINUSES; SALIVARY GLANDS; THYROID GLAND and PARATHYROID GLANDS; and MELANOMA and non-melanoma skin cancers of the head and neck. (from Holland et al., Cancer Medicine, 4th ed, p1651)

Unusual tumor affecting any site of the body, but most often encountered in the head and neck. Considerable debate has surrounded the histogenesis of this neoplasm; however, it is considered to be a myoblastoma of, usually, a benign nature. It affects women more often than men. When it develops beneath the epidermis or mucous membrane, it can lead to proliferation of the squamous cells and mimic squamous cell carcinoma.

A malignant skin neoplasm that seldom metastasizes but has potentialities for local invasion and destruction. Clinically it is divided into types: nodular, cicatricial, morphaic, and erythematoid (pagetoid). They develop on hair-bearing skin, most commonly on sun-exposed areas. Approximately 85% are found on the head and neck area and the remaining 15% on the trunk and limbs. (From DeVita Jr et al., Cancer: Principles & Practice of Oncology, 3d ed, p1471)

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