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HPV-associated Cancers

Course Overview

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus best known as the agent that causes benign warts. However, of the more than 100 types of HPV, about 13 types have been documented as “high risk”; that is they are associated with the development of human cancers.  HPV-related cancers include those of the cervix, vulva, and penis as well as cancers of the rectum, anus, and oropharynx.  Many of these diseases are preventable through HPV vaccination. In this course, a multidisciplinary faculty team discusses HPV biology, the specific cancers that are associated with HPV, the value of and recommendations for HPV vaccination for children, and coverage of conditions diagnosed via the “Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program”.



Introduction to HPV-related Diseases   Top of Page
Presenter: Lois M. Ramondetta, M.D.
Professor, Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine

Summary: Coming soon!


Biology of HPV   Top of Page
Presenter: Karen Storthz, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita, Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry

Summary: Coming soon!

Cervical Cancer   Top of Page
Presenter: Andrea Milbourne, M.D.
Professor, Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine
Presenter: Lois M. Ramondetta, M.D.
Professor, Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine

Summary: Coming soon!

Anal Cancer   Top of Page
Presenter: Cathy Eng, M.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Gastrointestinal (GI) Medical Oncology

Summary: Coming soon!

Oropharyngeal Cancer   Top of Page
Presenter: Kristina R. Dahlstrom, Ph.D.
Instructor, Head and Neck Surgery
Presenter: Eric M. Sturgis, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor, Head and Neck Surgery

Summary: Coming soon!

Penile Cancer   Top of Page
Presenter: Curtis A. Pettaway, M.D.
Department of Urology

Summary: Coming soon!


Kathleen Schmeler, M.D.
HPV Vaccination   Top of Page
Presenter: Kathleen Schmeler, M.D.
Associate Professor, Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine

Summary: In the United States, an estimated 14 million persons are newly infected annually with genital human papillomavirus (HPV), making this infection the nation’s most common sexually transmitted infection. In 2009, nearly 35,000 HPV-attributable cancers were reported in the United States. Of these, 39% occurred in males. The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices currently recommends routine HPV vaccination for all persons aged 11–12 years.  In her lecture, “Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination,” Kathleen Schmeler, MD, Associate Professor in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, explains the epidemiology of cervical cancer and how to screen for and treat cervical cancer. Specific vaccine recommendations and the role of HPV vaccination in preventing cervical cancer are presented.


Medicaid for Breast and Cervical Cancer   Top of Page
Presenter: Maria E. Daheri, RN
Cervical Nurse Case Manager
Harris Health System

Summary: Coming soon!



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