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Head and Neck Steering Committee

The NCI Head and Neck Steering Committee (HNSC) was established in 2007. At monthly meetings, the HNSC addresses the design, prioritization, and evaluation of concepts for phase 2 and phase 3 clinical trials in adult head and neck cancers. View the HNSC member roster.

Strategic Priorities

  • HNSC Strategic Priorities were formulated with the goal that the majority of submitted concepts would align with the established priorities.

Task Forces

  • Task forces were established to discuss concepts and make recommendations for clinical trial planning meetings related to (View the HNSC Task Force member rosters):
    • metastatic/recurrent disease
    • previously-untreated, locally advanced disease
    • rare tumors.

Clinical Trial Planning Meetings (CTPMs)

CTPMs are held periodically and focus on specific clinical trial-related topics. The following are important HNSC CTPMs:

  • Cutaneous Squamous Cell Cancer in Immune Suppressed Populations  
    In January 2023, a CTPM was convened to develop clinical trials that explore novel treatment approaches for high-risk/resectable and advanced/un-resectable cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma in immune suppressed populations. As immunotherapy is typically contraindicated in these patients, their treatment options are limited and their outcomes are worse. Read the executive summary.
  • TP53 Mutated Head and Neck Cancer 
    This CTPM, held in January 2021, was to develop clinical trials for patients with TP53 mutant HNSCC in locally advanced and metastatic recurrent disease with a focus on biomarkers and signal seeking trials that will improve survival and quality of life. Read the executive summary.
  • Naso-Pharyngeal Cancer 
    This CTPM, held in January 2018, focused on developing strategies for the incorporation of immunological agents such as immune checkpoint inhibitors (e.g., anti-CTLA-4 and anti-PD-1 antibodies) into a definitive chemo-radiation treatment of NPC. Read the executive summary and the publication.
  • Immunotherapy in Head and Neck Cancer
    This CTPM, held in November 2014, provided an opportunity to highlight head and neck cancer as a model epithelial malignancy for the investigation of immunotherapy. Several proposals for clinical trials were developed. Read the executive summary and the publication.
  • Optimizing Treatment of Early Stage Thyroid Cancer
    In November 2013 a meeting was held to address appropriate management of early-stage thyroid cancer and consider the roles of active surveillance, immediate surgery, and systemic treatment. Read the executive summary.


For more information, contact NCI CCCT Program Director, Mehrdad Mohseni, M.D. at