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Is the Pap Smear On the Way Out?

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 – The Pap test, used for over 50 years to spot the early signs of cervical cancer, may soon become a thing of the past, new research suggests. Its replacement? The human papillomavirus (HPV) test. Nearly all cervical cancer cases are linked to HPV infection, and HPV testing detected pre-cancers earlier and more accurately than the Pap test among the 19,000 women in the ...

FDA Approves Keytruda (pembrolizumab) for Previously Treated Patients with Recurrent or Metastatic Cervical Cancer Whose Tumors Express PD-L1

Posted 13 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

KENILWORTH, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE) June 12, 2018 --Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Keytruda, the company’s anti-PD-1 therapy, for the treatment of patients with recurrent or metastatic cervical cancer with disease progression on or after chemotherapy whose tumors express PD-L1 [ ...

Wise Words on Women's Health

Posted 30 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 – May is Women's Health Month. With that in mind, doctors are offering suggestions for steps that women can take to reduce their risk of diseases and safeguard their health, both physical and mental. Dr. Blanca Sckell is medical director of the Ambulatory Care Center and internal medicine program at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, in New York City. She offered the following ...

Could a Pap Test Spot More Than Just Cervical Cancer?

Posted 22 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 – Pap tests have helped drive down rates of cervical cancer, and a new study suggests they also could be used to detect other gynecologic cancers early. According to the study authors, tissue and fluid collected during a Pap test can detect endometrial and ovarian cancer in women when subjected to genetic testing. If this new test bears out, it would save thousands of ...

'Moderate' Precancerous Cervical Lesions May Not Need Treatment: Study

Posted 28 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 – A new study calls for regular monitoring of "moderate" cervical lesions that might point to the potential for cancer later on, rather than immediate treatment. Moderate cervical lesions – formally known as cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia grade 2 (CIN2) – are abnormal cells on the surface of the cervix. CIN is not cervical cancer, but does have the potential to ...

Cancer-Causing HPV Can Hide in the Throat

Posted 7 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 – Human papilloma virus (HPV) could be lurking in your throat. It's known that strains of the virus can cause cervical cancer. And the virus can also cause certain forms of head and neck cancer, according to researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. Testing can detect HPV before it leads to cervical cancer. However, that's not the case for ...

Health Tip: Learn About Cervical Cancer

Posted 24 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Cervical cancer starts in the lower part of the woman's womb. Most cases are caused by the sexually-transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), the U.S. Office on Women's Health says. Some 12,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer each year. But it's the easiest form of female cancer to prevent, via regular screening and vaccination. It is also quite curable when found and treated ...

5 Things You Should Know About Cervical Cancer

Posted 1 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 1, 2017 – A little knowledge can go a long way in the fight against cervical cancer. In fact, the more women know about the disease, the greater their chances of being able to prevent it, say cancer experts from the City of Hope, a cancer treatment and research center in California. Death rates from cervical cancer have fallen by more than 50 percent in the past four decades as ...

Is It Time to Scrap the Pap Test?

Posted 28 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 – If you're a woman who's been given the all-clear after one or more combination tests for cervical cancer, you can probably wait five years between screenings, a new large study suggests. The combination of tests for cervical cancer includes a test to detect the human papillomavirus (HPV) and the test commonly known as the Pap test. HPV is a virus that causes almost all ...

Memo to Doctors: Spit Out the Bad News

Posted 27 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 – Doctors, don't be afraid to deliver bad news. Telling cancer patients the truth about their chances of survival does not harm a physician's relationship with those people. It could even make it better, according to a new study. "We hope this information will reassure clinicians about any negative impacts of these discussions on their relationships with patients," said ...

1 in 4 U.S. Seniors With Cancer Has Had It Before

Posted 22 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 – For a quarter of American seniors, a cancer diagnosis signals the return of an old foe, new research shows. Even in cancer patients younger than 65, one in 10 cases involves people who've had the disease before, the study of nearly 741,000 people found. Depending on a patient's age or cancer type, the frequency of prior cancers ranged anywhere from about 4 percent to ...

IUD May Lower Cervical Cancer Risk

Posted 7 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 – IUD contraceptive devices may reduce a woman's risk of cervical cancer by about a third, a new review concludes. Researchers think IUDs might promote an immune response that kills off human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes virtually all cases of cervical cancer. "The data say the presence of the IUD in the uterus stimulates an immune response, and that immune ...

Speed Up the 'Cancer Moonshot,' Doctors Urge

Posted 1 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – The Cancer Moonshot Initiative now has a detailed road map designed to cram a decade's worth of medical advancement into half that time. A new report, authored by more than 50 leading U.S. cancer doctors, highlights 13 priority areas for improving the medical response to cancer, along with measurable goals and a specific timeline for meeting each of those objectives. The ...

Many Cancer Patients Skimp on Treatment Due to Cost

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 – The high cost of cancer care in the United States has led more than one-quarter of patients to cut back on some part of their treatment, a new survey reveals. Commissioned by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the report found that 27 percent of cancer survivors or close relatives of a cancer patient said they'd skipped doctor visits or taken other steps ...

HPV Vaccine Safe for Adult Women: Study

Posted 18 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 – Vaccines that ward off the cancer-linked human papillomavirus (HPV) are safe for adult women, according to a study of more than 3 million Scandinavians. The researchers, who used Danish and Swedish hospital data to track the incidence of 44 different illnesses over 10 years, found no "serious safety concerns" for women who'd gotten the HPV vaccine to reduce their odds ...

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