Organized opportunistic Cervical Cancer screening based on HPV (Human papillomavirus) Experience of an Academic Hospital
Portugal ( PorMSIC) - University Beira Interior, Covilha
Department of Gynecology of Hospital Pêro da Covilhã, Centro Hospitalar Cova da Beira EPE
José Alberto Fonseca Moutinho
José Alberto Fonseca Moutinho
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
4 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project without Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
Human papillomavirus or HPV is one of the most common viruses and although many people don't show symptoms, some types of HPV can lead to several types of cancer: cervival, anal or penile. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) testing with reflex cytology is the cervical cancer screening method with the best sensitivity for the diagnosis of precancer lesions of the cervix, shown by four metanalyses, performed in Europe. This project emerged from the necessity of determining if Human Papillomavirus (HPV) testing with reflex cytology has the same value in an academic hospital.
What is the aim of the project?
Our aim is to determine the value of HPV (Human papillomavirus) testing with reflex cytology in setting of an academic hospital
What techniques and methods are used?
This is a study with collection and analysis of data of clinical processes of patients who did HPV (Human Papillomavirus) screening by COBAS (Roche®); a cytology by Papanicolaou technique. This test is performed by opening the vaginal canal with a speculum, then collecting cells at the outer opening of the cervix at the transformation zone. This study includes collection of clinical data related with the main diseases and gynecologic problems (such as cervical cancer) of patients of this hospital who did this screening, which will allow us to assess the value of human papillomavirus test with a reflex cytology in an academic hospital.
What is the role of the student?
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
The student will have the chance to perform gynecological examination and understand vulvo-vaginal pathology and to take collections for HPV (Human papillomavirus) testings and Cytology. The student will also collaborate in colposcopic examinations, biopsies and surgical interventions. He will collect, analyse and interpretate data from clinical processes of patients who did a HPV (papillomavirus) screening, characterizing their cervical lesions and their evollution over time. All work will be done with supervision in the beginning by the tutor, so that the student can understand the procedures and learn from observation. Throughout the internship, under guidance, the student will develop skill for conducting clinical researches.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
No theoretical teaching will be provided
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- No specific outcome is expected
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
No specific skill required
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students
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- Moutinho; JAF. Smoking and Cervical Cancer. ISRN obstetrics and gynecology 2011(4):847684. July 2011
- Moutinho; JAF. Recurrent Vulvar Cancer. Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology 48(4):879-83. January 2006