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How are human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers treated?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

If abnormal cervical cells are suspicious for cancer, a small sample of the tissue is removed during colposcopy -- a procedure using an instrument that magnifies tissue in the vagina and cervix -- and examined further under a microscope to rule out or confirm a diagnosis of cervical cancer. If cancerous cells are found, they can be surgically removed via freezing (cryosurgery), electrosurgery (LEEP), or conventional surgery.

Treatment for other human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers of the head, neck, penis, vulva, throat, and mouth include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.

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