March 15, 2010
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A vaccine designed to prevent cervical cancer also may protect females from post-surgical recurrence of the disease, according to researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
A new study shows that the Gardasil vaccine reduces the likelihood of human papillomavirus (HPV)-related disease recurring after teen and adult women already have had surgery to remove cancer or certain pre-cancerous changes, said Warner Huh, M.D., an associate professor in the UAB Division of Gynecologic Oncology and lead presenter on the study.
The findings were announced March 15 at the annual meeting of the Society of Gynecological Oncologists in Chicago.
The study shows that Gardasil reduces by approximately 40 percent the chances that more cancer or pre-cancerous changes will occur in the cervix, vagina and vulva up to 3.8 years after a female has surgery for one of those conditions.
Huh said the findings are important because they answer a question many women and their doctors have been asking – does an HPV vaccine help treat virus-related changes in the body after women have surgery to treat similar changes?
Hmmm- what do you think? I call it a new market for a dead vaccine. What is it with inoculating women when their resistance/immunity is down? Yep, give me a shot right after surgery while my body is still recovering….beware of the use of the fear factor.