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Immunotherapeutic Approach to Oropharyngeal Cancer


Oropharyngeal cancer accounts for more than 13000 new cases in the US, which is more common in older men, and male:female ratio is 2.7:1. Immunotherapy is an alternative to chemotherapy and radiation therapy to treat cancer. It is utilized to stimulate ones own immune system to fight the tumor. Giving someone synthetic immune system proteins to fight cancer can also be done in immunotherapy. In this paper, we will discuss the pathophysiology of Oropharyngeal Cancer itself and as part of the squamous cell cancer of head and neck, the active molecules involved in immunotherapy, as well as potential ways to fight these cancers using immunotherapy..

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