Robotic surgery to increase detection rate

Full project name: Evaluation of the role of tongue base MucOsectomy and Step sErial Sectioning in the diagnostic paradigm for unknown squamous cancers (MOSES)

Tag: Diagnosis

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Dr John Hardman
Dr John Hardman

Project type:

Project Leader:
Professor Vinidh Paleri

Dr John Hardman

Commencement date:
December 2018

Length of project:
2 years

Funding provided:

Sir Adrian Swire

Multi-centre research project at Oxford and Newcastle upon Tyne University Hospitals and The Royal Marsden

The problem

Over the past 30 years there has been an alarming increase in the incidence of oropharyngeal cancer, with a large majority of cases related to human papilloma virus (HPV). Some of these patients will present with a cancer from an unknown primary site (CUP).

Work undertaken prior to this study with a patient focus group emphasised the anxiety involved when the primary cancer is not found and the impact of this unknown on mental health. What’s more, for patients with CUP, radiotherapy or chemoradiation requires irradiation of the whole pharynx leading to severe immediate and long-term side effects.

The research
The future
Prof Vinidh Paleri
Prof Vinidh Paleri

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