HPV Resource Page
All my articles and Q&A's about HPV and Dysplasia can be found here. Includes articles about HPV, HPV testing, and dysplasia diagnosis and treatment.
Info from ASHA A
ASHA (American Social Health Association) has some of the most authoritative and up-to-date information available on the Web in its National HPV and Cervical Cancer Prevention Resource Center.
Sheet on HPV and Dysplasia
From the Rutgers Health Clinic, this is the sheet they give to women who have a positive Pap test. Has good info about both HPV and cervical dysplasia.
Pap Info from Johns Hopkins
Up to date info from Johns Hopkins. Includes info about ThinPrep Pap tests and FAQs about Paps, HPV, and dysplasia.
Testing Shows Which Pap Abnormalities Need Attention
Recommendation from the National Cancer Institute about using HPV testing to differentiate which mildly abnormal, borderline, or ASCUS PAP tests may need closer monitoring.
Another excellent article about cervical dysplasia, this one with diagrams depicting the different stages, from normal to cancer. From the "Alternatives in Gynecology" Web site.
From the Dr. Koop site, a good article on treatments for cervical dysplasia. In this article, dysplasia is referred to as "preinvasive cancer". It is the same thing: abnormal cells that aren't cancerous (yet).
on Vulvar Dysplasia and Cancer
This FAQ by Frederick R. Jelovsek MD includes the symptoms of vulvar dysplasia (VIN).
and Treatment of VIN -Vulvar Dysplasia
From the University of Iowa's Ob/Gyn Dept, a fact sheet for patients.
of Vaginal Dysplasia (VAIN)
From the American Cancer Society - VAIN is the same thing as "Stage 0 Squamous Cell Cancer". Don't let the word "cancer" freak you out - in this instance the "cancer" is not malignant (precancer).
Descriptions of various procedures used in the treatment of cervical dysplasia. Includes LEEP, laser ablation, cone biopsy, and cryosurgery.
Brief description of what to expect during a colposcopy, from the Louisana State University Medical Center.
- Detailed Medical Description
From Oncolink - this description has quite a bit of medical terminology in it (they never do mention that acetic acid is plain ole vinegar, for example or that "supine postion" means "on your back"), but if it's detail you want, this is the site for you.
Cone biopsies can be used both to diagnose cervical abnormalities and as a treatment to remove them. Here's a description, including diagrams, from WebMD.
Biopsy - Patient's Descriptions
Women describe what it was like to cone biopsies done on the Eyes on the Prize site.
and Curettage (D&C)
Description of this procedure from WebMD. When the purpose is to investigate endometrial abnormalities, it is most often done in conjunction with a hysteroscopy (see below).
This procedure to obtain a sample of endometrial tissue for further study is described on the WebMD site.
A hysteroscopy is a procedure where your MD is able to look inside the uterus for assessment. It is described on this page from the ObGynNet.
(Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure)
The LEEP is usually used to treat cervical dysplasia. The page from the Web site of the Greater Carolinas Women's Center describes the procedure, and includes a picture.
- Patient's Descriptions
The LEEP page from the Eyes on the Prize site includes information and a patient's description of what the procedure was like for her.
- What to Expect
This fact sheet is especially strong on what to expect after the LEEP.
PAP tests in the US, called cervical smears in the UK, are arguably the most important cancer screening tool ever invented, in that they have *dramatically* reduced the incidence of cervical cancer and death from it in the past 50 years. Here's an informative booklet from CancerBACUP.
Test - New Technologies
There have been a number of recent advances in Pap Smear technology. In this article, Dr.Sue Schlafmann discusses these new technologies, including ThinPrep and HPV testing. Brought to you by North Memorial Medical Center.
A pelvic exam will include a Pap smear, but is much more than that. Regular pelvic exams are first-line cancer screening for almost all gyn cancers. This excellent description comes from Gyn101.com.
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