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6.9.8: 8. Staging Oropharyngeal Cancers- P16+

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    TNM/AJCC Staging Classification of p16+ve Oropharyngeal Cancers (AJCC 8th ed. 2017)

    • Staging differs for p16 - and p16 +
    • T-staging is divided into p16 + and p16 -/p16 not done
    • Accurate staging is therefore not possible if p16 testing is not available/affordable (“Is AJCC/UICC Staging Still Appropriate for Head and Neck Cancers in Developing Countries?”)
    • Prognostic value of p16 status may not apply to suboptimally treated patients in resource constrained settings
    • T4 is a single entity in p16 + cancers whereas it is divided into T4a and T4b in p16 - cancers

    AFHNS OPC guidelines P16+