Head and Neck Cancer

Head and Neck cancers are rapidly increasing and predicted to represent a major public health burden to decades to come.

PERC received its first PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute) funding for a collaborative project to focus on SCOOP, which stands for Squamous cell carcinoma of the oropharynx.

In 2012, 52,000 adults were diagnosed with head and neck cancers, comprising 3 % of all US cancers with the majority being squamous cell carcinomas. PERC’s goal in this project is to create a patient advisory council of head and neck cancer survivors/caregivers to learn about patient preferences in choosing a cancer treatment (surgery vs. radiation) and whether quality of life and survivorship preferences affect the outcomes of treatment. This project will be important to understanding the short term and long term sequelae of treatment and the patient outcomes that are most critical to the patient and their families related to the survivorship experience.

PERC is currently looking for SCOOP patients and their family members to participate in this newly-funded program by becoming a patient-advisors. Become a Patient Advisor today.

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