Fewer pap smears after cervical cancer treatment


A team of scientists involving researchers from the Netherlands Cancer Institute has investigated the most effective follow-up strategy after fertility-sparing treatment for cervical cancer – a type of treatment that circumvents the removal of the cervix. They found that if the first two Pap smears after treatment show no major abnormalities, the risk of tumor recurrence is minimal. This finding suggests that patients may not need to come in for monitoring as frequently, reducing the number of Pap smears.

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