Molecular Pathobiology, Diagnosis and Therapeutics in Oral Cancer

A special issue of Oral (ISSN 2673-6373).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 March 2024 | Viewed by 413

Special Issue Editors

Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX 77030, USA
Interests: sibling family of proteins; DSPP; oral cancer; MMPs
School of Health and Life Sciences, Teesside University, Middlesbrough TS1 3BX, UK
Interests: oral cancer; tobacco; alcohol; oral infection; oral and dental injury; sociobehavioural science; healthcare service; health policy; health administration; health education; health promotion; school health; rural health; global oral health; bibliometric analysis; systematic review; comprehensive narrative review
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Applied Microbiology, Biotechnology and Nanotechnology Laboratory, Department of Microbiology, Edo State University, Okpella 312102, Etsako West, Nigeria
Interests: oncology; microbiology; nanotechnology; nanomaterials; biotechnology; molecular biology; bioinformatics; genomics; therapeutics
Department Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Interests: oral oncology; diagnosis; pathobiology; infectious disease; therapeutics; cytology; genetics; clinical epidemiology; clinical outcomes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Oral and oropharyngeal cancers have emerged as significant global and public health challenges. For example, the mortality from oral cancers within the past half century remains atrociously high (over 50%!), contrasting with considerable decreases in the mortality rates for cancers of the breast, colon, prostate, and melanoma within the same timeframe. This is despite technological advances on various fronts in the management of oral cancer patients, as well as the fact that the oral cavity and the population at risk are both easily accessible. Furthermore, early diagnosis has been painfully slow when compared to the enhanced early detection of cancers of the breast, colon, prostate, and melanoma. While surgery, often with significant morbidity, remains the mainstay of treatment of oral cancer patients, effective chemotherapeutic treatment continues to yield suboptimal and frustrating outcomes. In spite of increased diligence on the part of the clinicians in their examination of patients at risk, early diagnosis of oral cancer continues to be impeded and elusive because of the persistence of outdated paradigms and the lack of optimized, validated, and easily available diagnostic adjuncts.

This Special Issue seeks to provide an in-depth and reference-friendly update on the roles of known etiologic/risk factors, current clinical diagnostic tools (including the roles of recently enhanced “liquid biomarkers”), molecular pathogenic mechanisms and diagnostic biomarkers (including recently identified progression indicators), and refined management philosophies for oral cancer patients.

Enthusiastic researchers, academics and clinicians within, but not limited to, the fields of nanotechnology, molecular biology, oncology, therapeutics and diagnostic sciences are invited to submit relevant manuscripts to this Special Issue. We encourage the submission of systematic reviews, bibliometric analyses, comprehensive narrative reviews, clinical trials, clinical epidemiological studies, commentaries, letters to the editor, and other manuscript types. Thank you.

Prof. Dr. Kalu U.E. Ogbureke
Dr. Kehinde Kazeem Kanmodi
Prof. Dr. Charles Oluwaseun Adetunji
Dr. Timothy Olukunle Aladelusi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • sibling
  • diagnostic biomarkers
  • prognostic biomarkers
  • oral cancer management
  • liquid biopsy
  • epithelial–mesenchymal interactions
  • epidemiology of oral cancer
  • HPV-associated oral cancers

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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