Some oropharynx (throat) cancers are related to the human papilloma virus (HPV). Throat cancers caused by HPV behave differently than those not caused by HPV. Researchers want to determine if there are differences in quality of life between patients whose cancers are caused by HPV and those who cancers are not caused by this virus. They believe that patients with these two different types of throat cancer will also have different experiences after completing therapy.
The long-term goal of this study is to see what symptoms most patients have after treatment has been completed. Patients will be asked to complete a survey about their symptoms and quality of life after completing therapy. The findings may help healthcare professionals learn how to improve post-treatment symptoms in people with throat cancer.