To help clinicians understand the scope of cancers related to the human papillomavirus (HPV), The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Professional Oncology Education program has developed a new HPV-Associated Cancers Course. The course can be taken online for continuing medical education (CME) credit at no cost.
The main goals of the course are to explain the biology of HPV and its association with various cancers and to provide recommendations and information about the prevention, screening, and treatment of HPV-related cancers.
The HPV-Associated Cancers Course comprises 10 lessons on the following topics:
- introduction to HPV-related diseases,
- biology of HPV,
- cervical cancer (3 lessons),
- anal cancer,
- oropharyngeal cancer (2 lessons),
- penile cancer, and
- HPV vaccination.
Each lesson includes a 20- to 60-minute lecture by an expert clinician or researcher followed by a brief quiz. The lessons provide an opportunity for clinicians with expertise in treating one HPV-related cancer to learn about other cancer types that they see less often. The importance of vaccination against HPV for both girls and boys is emphasized in the lessons, as the U.S. vaccination rate continues to lag behind those of other developed countries. Many clinicians will find the module about the biology of the virus to be particularly interesting, as it explains the difference between the low-risk and high-risk strains of the virus and the process of malignant transformation.
The entire HPV-Associated Cancers Course is available online at MD Anderson’s Professional Oncology Education Resources page at www.mdanderson.org/poe. Physicians and other health care professionals can sign in to take the course for CME credit, and anyone can view individual lectures without signing in.
OncoLog, September 2016, Volume 61, Issue 9