From NBC12 News
New research suggests the human papilloma virus can also play a role in head and neck cancer.
The study from the University of Michigan finds HPV-related cancers of the tongue and tonsils actually respond well to chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Such patients, researchers say, are therefore more likely to survive.
However, cancers of the tonsils and the base of the tongue - which have high levels of a specific growth factor receptor - are less responsive to current treatments.