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Bivalent HPV vaccine efficacious against vulvar infection
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Vaccine efficacy against vulvar infection with HPV 16/18 was comparable to the efficacy found against cervical infection 4 years after vaccination, according to researchers with the National Cancer Institute. “Findings presented here and in the literature suggest that the incidence of HPV infection and resultant cancers will decrease at several anatomic sites in women who receive the prophylactic HPV vaccines before exposure to the virus,” the researchers wrote in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. “Unfortunately, among unvaccinated women, vulvar HPV infection will remain common.”
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OVARIAN CANCER


ABCA transporter gene expression and poor outcome in epithelial ovarian cancer
Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Expression of ABCA transporters was associated with poor outcome in serous ovarian cancer, implicating lipid trafficking as a potentially important process in EOC, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
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RESEARCH


Smokers with cervix cancer have more uterine corpus invasive disease and an increased risk of recurrence after treatment with chemoradiation
International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Smokers have a greater risk for developing corpus invasive cervix cancer, according to a study published in the July issue of the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer. Although nonsmokers have an older age at diagnosis, they live longer and have fewer recurrences after a diagnosis of locally advanced carcinoma of the cervix.
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Effect of communication skills training program for oncologists based on patient preferences for communication when receiving bad news: A randomized controlled trial
Journal of Clinical Oncology
A communication skills training (CST) program based on patient preferences is effective for both oncologists and patients with cancer, according to a study published in the July 10 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Oncologists should consider CST as an approach to enhancing their communication skills.
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BREAST CANCER


High cholesterol levels may raise breast cancer risk
HealthDay News via CBS News
High cholesterol levels may increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, a large new British study reports. The findings suggest that keeping tight control over cholesterol through medication could help prevent breast cancer, said lead author Rahul Potluri, a researcher at the Aston University School of Medical Sciences in Birmingham, England.
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Outcomes by tumor subtype and treatment pattern in women with small, node-negative breast cancer: A multi-institutional study
Journal of Clinical Oncology
Women with T1a,b tumors have an excellent prognosis without chemotherapy. Size and tumor subtype may identify patients in whom the rate of recurrence justifies consideration of chemotherapy, concludes a study published in the July 10 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. These patients represent an optimal group for evaluating less toxic adjuvant regimens to maintain efficacy while minimizing short- and long-term risks.
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HEALTH POLICY


The health care waiting game
The New York Times
There is emerging evidence that lengthy waits to get a doctor’s appointment have become the norm in many parts of American medicine, particularly for general doctors but also for specialists. And that includes patients with private insurance as well as those with Medicaid or Medicare. Merritt Hawkins, a physician staffing firm, found long waits last year when it polled five types of doctors’ offices about several types of nonemergency appointments including heart checkups, visits for knee pain and routine gynecologic exams. The waits varied greatly by market and specialty.
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