The Princess Alexandra Hospital and the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute Head and Neck Cancer Study
Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma - Human Papillomavirus
Conditions: official terms
Carcinoma - Carcinoma, Squamous Cell - Head and Neck Neoplasms
Conditions: Keywords
Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Human Papillomavirus, Aetiology, prevalence, risk factors, clinical outcome
Study Type
Study Phase
Study Design
Observational Model: Case Control
Overall Status
This study is designed to refine the aetiological causes of cancers of the head and neck and investigate the ways in which human papillomavirus and life-style factors cause head and neck cancers. This study will determine if these factors affect the treatment of cancer.

All patients attending the Head and Neck Clinic at the Princess Alexandra Hospital is invited to complete a risk factor questionnaire and give consent for their clinical data and tissue samples to be available for future research activities. The risk factor questionnaire is based on existing validated instruments developed by the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute Cancer Control Group, and will collect standardised information relating to demographics and causal factors (tobacco and alcohol intake), risk modifiers (dentition, asprin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), height, weight, physical activity, diet quality etc) and behaviours (oral sex etc)
Detailed Description
Data is collected using a simple four-page paper-based questionnaire. Information to be collected include age, sex, height and weight (at age 20, current age, and heaviest ever), history of cancer (own and partner). Questions about recreational physical activity, smoking history and alcohol consumption, acid reflux, heartburn, denture use and tonsillectomy, frequency of use of paracetamol, antihistamine and NSAIDS.

The questionnaires also ask participants some detailed questions about sexual behaviour and history if they are comfortable to give this information.
Criteria for eligibility
Healthy Volunteers: No
Maximum Age: N/A
Minimum Age: N/A
Gender: Both
Criteria: Inclusion Criteria:

- All patients presenting to the Head and Neck Cancer Clinic at the Princess Alexandra Hospital Brisbane Australia.

Exclusion Criteria:

- nil
Princess Alexandra Hospital
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Status: Recruiting
Start Date
November 2013
Completion Date
November 2016
Queensland Centre of Excellence for Head and Neck Cancer
Queensland Centre of Excellence for Head and Neck Cancer
Record processing date processed this data on July 28, 2015 page