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Multiple biopsies increase cervical cancer precursor detection
Cancer Network
Multiple lesion-directed biopsies can drastically improve the sensitivity of colposcopy in women referred for abnormal cervical cancer screening, according to a new study. Taking additional biopsies when possible should be considered standard practice. The Biopsy Study included 690 women referred to colposcopy following an abnormal cervical cancer screen result. Up to four directed biopsies were taken in each woman, and a nondirected biopsy of a normal-appearing area was also included in patients with fewer than four biopsies. Results were published in the January 1 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
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Introducing a new ASCT QAC workbench!
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There's a new addition to ASCT's Quality Assurance Center! Our latest workbench, Cell Block Basics, has just been released. This workbench is designed to provide an overview of several techniques for making cell blocks and highlight the best method to use for specific specimen types. Whether you need a refresher or are looking to learn some new techniques, this workbench will be a valuable source of information. Each workbench is worth 2 CMLE credits and is available for 6 months following registration. At a price of $45 for members or $65 for non members it’s a great deal! Click here for more information and to register.
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Portable cervical cancer treatment may help women in remote areas receive care they need
Medical Daily
At one point cervical cancer was the most common cause of death for women in America under the age of 30. Today, thanks to increased use of the Pap smear test, the death rate from this form of cancer has gone down by 50 percent, The American Cancer Society reports. Unfortunately, this is not the case in many remote villages in developing countries. Many women still do not get life-saving screenings for the cancer due to shame or simply not understanding the importance.
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Robotic hysterectomy: Better cervical cancer treatment for you
Health Hub from Cleveland Clinic
If you have cervical cancer and need a hysterectomy, a robotic-assisted surgery could offer you some advantages over traditional surgery. If the cancer is detected early enough, doctors may recommend radical hysterectomy as a treatment option, says gynecologic oncologist Thomas Morrissey, M.D. Today, surgeons more frequently suggest robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical hysterectomy as a faster, less invasive, safer option to traditional "open" surgery done through a larger incision.
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2 HPV vaccine doses rather than 3 deemed cost-effective for girls under 15
Reuters via Scientific American
Giving girls younger than 15 two doses of the human papillomavirus vaccine, at least six months apart, will probably provide adequate protection against cervical cancer while also being cost-effective, according to new findings published online Jan. 7 in the BMJ. "Our study shows that if this protection from two doses lasts at least 20 years, then the additional benefit of giving a third dose is likely to be very small," Mark Jit, of Public Health England in London, the first author of the new study, told Reuters Health. "On the basis of this evidence, the U.K. has adopted a two-dose vaccine schedule as it is likely to provide good protection and make sense economically."
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HPV integration study reveals hotspots related to cervical cancer development
GenomeWeb
A team from China, Saudi Arabia, and Denmark has mapped human papillomavirus integration sites in cervical cancer genomes, cell lines, or pre-cancerous cervical neoplasias, garnering hints about integration hotspots that may contribute to cervical cancer development. As they reported in Nature Genetics today, the researchers used genome sequencing and high-throughput viral integration detection (HIVID) — a method based on sequence data and computational breakpoint detection — to track down HPV integration sites in more than 100 cervical carcinoma tumors, dozens of cervical intraepithelial neoplasias (CINs), and five HPV-positive cell lines.
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$3.5 million NCI grant to study cervical cancer in HIV positive women in Botswana
UPENN Almanac
The introduction of antiretroviral drugs in Botswana over the last two decades has considerably increased the life expectancies of people living with HIV — many of whom are women co-infected with the human papilloma virus (HPV): from 39 years to the low 60s. As a result, this co-infected group of women is at a much higher risk of developing HPV-associated cervical cancer. To better understand these co-infections and develop optimal prevention and therapeutic approaches, the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, under the departments of radiation oncology and microbiology and the Botswana-UPenn Partnership, has received a $3.5 million U54 grant over five years from the National Cancer Institute.
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Is proton therapy the 'magic bullet' for cancer?
CNN
Even after decades of battling one of the world's biggest killers, the treatment of cancer is still an inexact science. Successful methods such as chemotherapy work by killing the cancer cells, but they also destroy healthy tissue. Health practitioners have been searching for a magic bullet that goes straight to the source of the cancer — and everything from monoclonal antibodies, which carry cancer drugs direct to cancer cells, to straight surgery to cut out tumors have been used with varying degrees of success.
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Empathy levels among healthcare professionals
By Dr. Afsaneh Motamed-Khorasani
There is plenty of recent evidence suggesting that empathy could improve clinical outcomes. Empathy has been defined as the ability to stand in the shoes of another and look at the situation from someone else's view. In the healthcare discipline, researchers define empathy as "a predominantly cognitive attribute that involves an understanding of the patient's experiences, concerns and perspectives, combined with a capacity to communicate this understanding and intention to help."
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