HPV cancer base of tongue - does virus remain after treatment?

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husband treated for hpv cancer for base of tongue

Chemo & radio treats the cancer

Does continue to carry the hpv virus after treatment ?

  • Most oral HPV is cleared in a couple of years which isn’t long enough to cause cancer. So there is no reason why that’s not the case after treatment. If there is another nidus of persistent infection in cells somewhere else there’s no way to tell. 


    Base of tongue cancer. T2N0M0 6 weeks Radiotherapy finished January 2019

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  • at hospital now & just seen the consultant - she said hpv remains 

  • Are sexual partners at risk?

    If you have HPV or an HPV-related cancer, you may worry that a partner’s health has been affected by HPV too. This is very unlikely.

    HPV is a common infection and easily spread during sexual contact. Your partner has probably already been exposed to the virus. Their immune system is likely to have got rid of any infection already. This will protect them from the damaging effects of HPV. Changing your sex life is not likely to reduce your partner’s risk of HPV.

    Partners of people affected by an HPV-related cancer rarely develop an HPV-related cancer themselves.

    taken from..

    Human papilloma virus (HPV) | Macmillan Cancer Support

    hope this helps..

    Loz (61)

    Oropharyngeal right tongue base T2N2bM0 squamous cell carcinoma p16 positive..