|March 2004 · Vol. 16, No. 3
UPDATE ON CERVICAL DISEASE
New Advances that are Changing Patient Care
• Improved cytology reportsTHOMAS
• New guidelines: ASC-US triage, HPV testing
• ALTS findings
• Breakthrough on HPV vaccine
Dr. Wright is director, gynecologic and obstetric pathology, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York City.
Dr. Wright is on the Speaker’s Bureaus of Cytyc Corporation and TriPath Imaging, Inc.
A 2001 adjustment in the terminology used to report cytology results was the first of 4 recent advancements that, in sum, have fundamentally changed how we interpret and follow-up Pap smears. Another breakthrough in cervical disease reveals clear potential for a vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV). This Update on Cervical Disease reviews these pivotal developments: