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Keywords:

  • squamous cell carcinoma;
  • Waldeyer's ring;
  • nasopharynx;
  • tonsil;
  • HPV;
  • synchronous

Abstract

Background.

Patients with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the oropharynx have an 8% to 20% risk of a synchronous or metachronous second malignancy. The rate of synchronous lesions in human papillomavirus (HPV)-positive oropharyngeal cancers is unknown.

Methods.

We report the case of a 46-year-old man with 3 simultaneous primary malignancies of Waldeyer's ring: HPV-positive SCC of both tonsils and the nasopharynx, with bilateral neck metastases.

Results.

The patient received induction chemotherapy followed by definitive radiotherapy and remains free of disease at 18 months.

Conclusion.

Comparison with the Slaughter model of field cancerization suggests that HPV-positive SCC of the head and neck may have a distinct mechanism for the development of multifocal disease. Therefore, the emerging population of young patients with head and neck SCC with HPV-positive cancers presents a new opportunity for understanding the molecular origins of synchronous tumors. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck, 2009