From OHC, Specialists in the Treatment of Adult Cancers and Blood Disorders

May 5, 2020

The cancer experts at OHC are treating head and neck cancers with leading-edge therapies, including a promising new treatment that is only available through OHC’s clinical trials program because OHC is the only adult cancer practice in Ohio to offer this clinical trial.

Many cancers of the head and neck can be cured, especially if they are found early, which is why OHC wants to remind people of the importance to be screened for head and neck cancers. Whether the cancer is found early or later, OHC is continuously making new treatments available to give patients hope for a cure.

“OHC chose to offer this clinical trial for head and neck cancer because of its potential two-pronged attack,” said OHC’s David M. Waterhouse, MD, MPH, medical oncologist, hematologist and principal investigator of the trial. “Studies suggest that the drug known as CPI-006 may trigger the immune system to respond to the cancer. When CPI-006 is used in combination with another drug, like ciforadenant, CPI-006 works to stop the growth of the tumor while ciforadenant helps T-cells do their job of attacking the tumor.”

In addition to attacking the tumor, this new treatment looks to have fewer side effects, which means patients will be able to tolerate it better.

“As long as there is any form of cancer, OHC will continue our search for new and innovative treatments through our clinical trials program,” Dr. Waterhouse added.

Like many cancers, the best treatment for head and neck cancer is prevention. To reduce your risk, stop using any form of tobacco, limit your use of alcohol and get the HPV vaccine. You should also make a head and neck exam part of your annual routine check-up and discuss other prevention measures with your doctor. Between check-ups, watch for these signs of a possible problem:

  • Swelling or a sore that does not heal
  • Red or white patch in the mouth
  • Lump, bump, or mass in the head or neck area, with or without pain
  • Persistent sore throat
  • Unexplained foul mouth odor
  • Hoarseness or change in voice
  • Nasal obstruction or persistent nasal congestion
  • Frequent nose bleeds and/or unusual nasal discharge
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Double vision
  • Numbness or weakness of a body part in the head and neck region

OHC offers a wide range of clinical trials, evaluating new and innovative treatments for various types of cancer. To learn more about OHC’s clinical trials visit OHC’s clinical trials program page.

If you have any of the symptoms listed above, or any cause for concern, or if you’d like a second opinion, contact OHC’s cancer experts for a full evaluation and a personalized treatment plan at 1-800-710-4674 or click Request An Appointment.

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