Posts tagged ‘cervical cancer’


HPV test instead of Pap test? Cervical cancer expert weighs in

March 15, 2014 | by
Human papillomavirus
If the new recommendations of a Food and Drug Administration  (FDA) advisory panel are widely adopted, HPV testing eventually may replace the Pap test as the primary way to detect cervical cancer. City of Hope cervical cancer expert says the recommendations have merit.  HPV’s links to cervical cancer have led an FDA panel to recommend that an HPV test be used as first-line screening for cervical cancer. Shown here: An illustration of human papillomavirus. The Pap test – named for its inventor, pathologist George Papanicolaou – is designed to identify cancers and precancers in the cervix, and has been the…

HPV and cancer: 2 physicians explain links (W/VIDEO)

February 28, 2014 | by
human papillomavirus
Once unknown to most people, HPV, or human papillomavirus, has become a subject of both worry and debate. It’s directly linked to cervical cancer, head and neck and other cancers, but many parents are reluctant to vaccinate their daughters against the disease. City of Hope’s recent “Ask the Experts” session “HPV and Links to Cancer” brought some clarity to the issues surrounding this now-common virus, answering questions about the connection between HPV and cancer. Ellie Maghami, M.D., chief of head and neck surgery at City of Hope, and Lily Lai, M.D., associate clinical professor of colorectal surgery,…

‘Ask the Experts: HPV and Links to Cancer’: What you need to know

February 11, 2014 | by
human papillomavirus
What is HPV? How is it linked to cancer? How can I prevent it? Those are some of the questions many women have about human papillomavirus, or HPV. City of Hope physicians will provide the answers at our Feb. 20 “Ask the Experts” presentation. Mark Wakabayashi, chief of gynecologic oncology at City of Hope, will discuss the HPV vaccine and links to cervical cancer. The session, titled “HPV and Links to Cancer,” will feature three City of Hope experts.  Mark Wakabayashi, M.D., M.P.H., associate clinical professor and chief of gynecologic oncology, will focus on the virus’ connection to…

9 questions and answers about cervical cancer

January 18, 2014 | by
Dr. Ernest Han
Cervical cancer, once one of the leading cancer killers in women, is now one of the nation’s most treatable cancers — thanks in large part to early detection, preventive measures and increased knowledge about the human papillomavirus, which can lead to the disease. In fact, cervical cancer is almost 100 percent preventable. Regular gynecologic care and pap smears can detect precancerous changes before they develop into cancer, and the precancerous changes themselves can often be prevented as well.   One of the most common questions that City of Hope surgeon Ernest Han gets about cervical cancer…

Cervical cancer: Much progress, still too many diagnoses

January 1, 2014 | by
Cervical cancer is one of the few cancers that is almost 100 percent preventable when taking the correct precautions.
Cervical cancer was once one of the most-common causes of cancer death for women in the United States. Now, with better screening techniques, targeted treatments and vaccinations, the death rate has declined dramatically. January has been deemed National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a time to reflect on how much progress has been made against the disease, and how much more needs to be done. “The diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancers have changed markedly in the past 10 years,” said Robert J. Morgan, M.D., co-director of the gynecological cancers program at City of Hope. “The…

Cancer treatment in 2014: Making the most of research

December 29, 2013 | by
Fighting cancer
Cancer will be defeated not in one enormous advance, experts agree, but in incremental advances. Those incremental advances often go unnoticed by the public at the time of their discovery, but in the years to come, they add up – to more life years, to greater survival rates, to more time spent with families and loved ones. In 2014, patients will begin to see the benefits of many of those advances. Here, City of Hope’s physicians describe some of the recent scientific and medical developments they expect to benefit patients in the year ahead. Breast cancer: A…

Why HPV vaccination is low among U.S. adolescents

December 3, 2013 | by
Despite its demonstrated safety and efficacy, many U.S. youths are still not vaccinated against HPV. Researchers examine some reasons why in a JAMA Pediatrics article
Although the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2006, vaccination rates among U.S. adolescents remain low. Many U.S. youths are still not vaccinated against HPV despite the recommendations of the CDC. Researchers examine some reasons why in a JAMA Pediatrics article. In a review article published online in JAMA Pediatrics on Nov. 25, researchers reported that 34.8 percent of girls 13 to 17 had completed the three-cycle series of HPV vaccines and that only 8.3 percent of boys in the same age range had even initiated it. The federal Centers…

Meet our doctors: Julie Wolfson on cancer in teens, young adults

November 16, 2013 | by
Julie Wolfson
Adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer have different needs and treatment challenges than children or older adults. They’re a unique population because they don’t fit into a distinct group, often falling into a gap between cancer treatment programs designed for children and those designed for adults. City of Hope pediatric oncologist Julie Wolfson Here, pediatric oncologist Julie Wolfson, M.D., M.S.H.S., discusses how the cancer experience differs for AYAs and how City of Hope’s multidisciplinary AYA team offers assistance and a network of professionals to support teens and young adults from the beginning of treatment through…

‘Why I walk’: Video tells compelling story or, rather, many stories

November 4, 2013 | by
Nearly 7,000 walkers joined in the Walk for Hope, to raise money for women's cancer research, treatment and education.
Nearly 7,000 walkers laced up their shoes Sunday for the 2013 Walk for Hope. Nearly 7,000 walkers joined in Walk for Hope to raise money for women’s cancers research, treatment and education. Their single goal: To raise money for women’s cancers research, treatment and education. With a projected $1 million raised by Walk for Hope participants, they were successful in their goal. But while they walked with a single purpose, they walked for thousands of reasons. They honored mothers, sisters and daughters who survived cancer. They remembered those who died of their disease. They walked in…

Meet our doctors: Urogynecologist Christopher Chung on pelvic floor disorders

August 24, 2013 | by
Christopher Chung
Bladder and pelvic floor problems — including urinary and fecal incontinence, as well as uterine and vaginal prolapse — affect nearly 13 million American women. The National Institutes of Health estimates that one-third of women in the United States will experience pelvic floor disorders in their lifetime, but most women consider their condition to be private and are reluctant to talk about it. Left untreated, however, such conditions can become a constant source of discomfort and pain, drastically affecting women’s health, vitality and self-esteem. Pelvic floor disorders can destroy a woman’s health and well-being. But urogynecologist…