The immune checkpoint inhibitor pembrolizumab demonstrated antitumor activity in a small trial of patients with advanced cervical cancer. The agent had a similar toxicity profile to that seen in other malignancies.
A large cohort study found no concerning safety issues associated with the use of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in adult women. There was an increased rate of celiac disease, but this may be related to general underdiagnosis of the condition and its unmasking at vaccination visits.
The USPSTF issued a new draft recommendation for cervical cancer screening, recommending screening with cervical cytology every 3 years for women aged 21 to 29, and offering a choice between cytology every 3 years and high-risk human papillomavirus testing every 5 years for those aged 30 to 65 years.
The FDA has approved the first cancer therapy biosimilar in the United States, a biosimilar to Avastin (bevacizumab) for the treatment of multiple types of cancer, including colorectal, lung, brain, kidney, and cervical cancers.
The number of women who undergo regular screening for cervical cancer drops as they get older, and while this is acceptable if women have been followed regularly until the age of 65 years, women who are not up to date with screening should be screened when they are older.
Sexual and urinary morbidities resulting from treatment of pelvic malignancies are common. Awareness of these complications is critical in order to properly counsel patients regarding potential side effects and to facilitate prompt diagnosis and management.