Viral Oncology

Viral oncology is a section of oncology concerned with the treatment of tumors with viral particles. A large number of the world’s population harbors at least one of these oncoviruses, but only a small proportion of these individuals go on to develop cancer. 

The viruses known to cause human cancers are:

Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) - Burkitt's Lymphoma

Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) - Liver Cancer

Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) - Liver Cancer

Human Herpesvirus 8 (HH8) - Kaposi's Sarcoma

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - Cervical Cancer, Head and Neck Cancers, Anal, Oral, Pharyngeal, and Penile Cancers

Human T-cell Lymphotropic Virus 1 (HTLV) - Adult T-cell Leukemia

Merkel Cell Polyomavirus - Skin Cancer (Merkel Cell Carcinoma)

Merkel Cell Polyomavirus - Skin Cancer (Merkel Cell Carcinoma)