Jan 16, 2009
The feds want the folks who read Pap smear results that check for cervical cancer to take a more rigorous proficiency exam.
A proposal by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would require pathologists and cytologists taking the proficiency exam to read 20 instead of 10 slides of cells. But it would also allow them to take the exam once every two years instead of annually.
Poor analyses of Pap smears in the late 1980s that led to women dying of cervical cancer prompted Congress to pass the Clinical Laboratory Improvements Amendments of 1988, which requires CMS to establish minimum quality standards for lab testing in the U.S. But the testing requirement for Pap smear readers wasn’t implemented on a nationwide basis until 2005.
Jan 8, 2009 | 2
With the exception of the so-called cervical cancer vaccine, no shots have been approved specifically to prevent malignant tumors. But cervical cancer, which is caused by the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), isn't the only tumor linked to a virus; another is cytomegalovirus (CMV), a usually harmless form of herpes that's the target of a possible therapeutic cancer vaccine for brain tumor patients.
As Scientific American reports this month, CMV has been found in the most common type of brain tumor, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) — the cancer Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy is battling. Duke University is recruiting 20 patients with these types of tumors for a combined phase 1/2 clinical trial (an early stage of testing that checks the safety and usefulness of a product) of an experimental vaccine treatment for these patients. It's also testing a similar version in another trial.
Oct 23, 2008
The huge marketing push around the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil, and anecdotal reports about girls fainting after getting the shots, may have you second-guessing its safety. New data may ease your mind.
An estimated 2.5 million girls between the ages of 13 and 17 have been vaccinated with the three-shot series, which protects against four strains of human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease that causes 70 percent of cervical cancers. Since the Merck vaccine was approved two years ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received 10,326 reports of adverse events after girls got the shot, the agency reported yesterday—but the vaccine itself doesn't seem to be responsible.
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