A review of drugs in development for the personalized treatment of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma

Andrew C. Birkeland, Paul L. Swiecicki, J. Chad Brenner, Andrew G. Shuman

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Introduction: Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma remains a highly morbid and fatal disease, with poor survival rates among patients with advanced and recurrent disease. Recent advances in next generation sequencing, targeted therapeutics, and precision medicine trials are expanding treatment options for head and neck cancers; thus greater awareness of this rapidly evolving field is important. Areas covered: Recent next-generation sequencing studies in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, targeted therapy clinical trials involving head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Expert commentary: This review discusses the current state of head and neck cancer treatment, and considerations and implications for the incorporation of personalized medicine and targeted therapy for head and neck cancers in a dynamic clinical landscape.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-385
Number of pages7
JournalExpert Review of Precision Medicine and Drug Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 3 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • Head and neck cancer
  • personalized medicine
  • precision medicine
  • targeted therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Genetics
  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery

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