Hopkins researchers find that blood and saliva tests help predict return of HPV-linked oral cancers
- Posted: August 4, 2014
Johns Hopkins scientists have developed blood and saliva tests that help accurately predict recurrences of HPV-linked oral cancers in a substantial number of patients. The tests screen for DNA fragments of the human papillomavirus (HPV) shed from cancer cells lingering in the mouth or other parts of the body. The scientists found that HPV DNA detected in patients' saliva after treatment was predictive for recurrence nearly 20 percent of the time in a subset of the patients.
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