Oral and Oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma: prognostic and predictive parameters in the etiopathogenetic route

Iacopo Panarese, Gabriella Aquino, Andrea Ronchi, Francesco Longo, Marco Montella, Immacolata Cozzolino, Giuseppe Roccuzzo, Giuseppe Colella, Michele Caraglia, Renato Franco

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Introduction: Oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC and OPSCC) represents an increasing problem in the global public health. Indeed, squamous cell carcinoma is the most frequent malignancy in oral cavity and 1 of the 10 most common cancers worldwide. According to the most recent GLOBOCAN estimate in Europe between 2012 and 2015, there was an overall increasing incidence and mortality for oral cancer, mostly HPV-related in the oropharyngeal region with evidence of significant differences from the prognostic and therapeutic point of view. Areas covered: Until now, the management of the patients is based on classical histologic parameters such as TNM and tumor grading, but new molecular and cell markers have been investigated to improve patients’ treatment and survival. Therefore, there is a need for new biomarkers characterizing the cancer diversity, with the consequent possibility of patient stratification for specific treatment. Expert commentary: This review aims to discuss some of the most relevant and novel genetic, epigenetic, and histological prognostic biomarkers in oral cancer, highlighting the main differences between HPV-unrelated oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) and HPV-related oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) that may aid in stratifying prognostic subgroups and rationalizing treatment decisions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-119
Number of pages15
JournalExpert Review of Anticancer Therapy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2019


  • EGFR
  • human papilloma virus
  • oral squamous cell carcinoma
  • orapharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma
  • PDL1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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