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Extraordinary Patient Resources. Extraordinary Patient Care.

From patient guides and support groups to helpful handbooks and treatment guidance, the educational resources that will keep you empowered and informed are here at your fingertips.

Understanding HPV and the Link to Cancer

HPV is a group of more than 200 related viruses, some of which are spread through vaginal, anal, oral sex and other intimate forms of skin-to-skin contact.
HPV types fall into two groups, low risk and high risk. Low-risk HPVs mostly cause no disease. However, a few low-risk HPV types can cause warts on or around the genitals, anus, mouth, or throat. These are the infections that your immune system usually controls so they don’t cause cancer. 
High-risk HPV infections that persist can cause cancer. Sometimes HPV infections are not successfully controlled by your immune system. When a high-risk HPV infection persists for many years, it can lead to cell changes that, if untreated, may get worse over time and become cancer.
 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year, about 44,000 new cases of cancer are found in parts of the body where HPV is often found. HPV causes about 34,800 of these cancers. Cancer often takes years, even decades, to develop after a person gets HPV. The CDC recommends HPV vaccination to protect against these cancers.

The HPV vaccine series is recommended for girls and boys at the age of 11 or 12; the series can be started at age nine. For young people who didn’t get vaccinated on time, HPV vaccination is recommended up to age 26.

Yes, the vaccine can be given to adults between the ages of 27 and 45 who didn’t receive all vaccine doses earlier. Adults in this age group benefit less from the vaccine because they are more likely to have been exposed to HPV already. But if you are concerned that you are at risk for new HPV infections, you should talk with your health care provider about whether the vaccine may be right for you.

  • Cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers in women
  • Penile cancer in men
  • Anal cancer in both men and women
  • Oropharynx, or back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils cancer in both men and women
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Resources at Your Fingertips

Patient Education

Be empowered. Stay informed. Anytime, anywhere, lean on these resources to help you make confident decisions throughout your cancer journey.

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Support Groups and Programs

When you’re ready to talk, find a creative outlet, or get nutritional guidance, our community is always ready to guide you. From health experts to art therapy programs, you’re surrounded by support.

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Genetic Counseling and Testing

Today’s technology empowers us to help assess your risk for developing cancer, right now. Don’t hesitate. Know your family history and take steps to understand your risks today and tomorrow.

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Screening and Prevention

The sooner we catch cancer, the greater your chances will be of successfully overcoming it. So take control of your health, know the warning signs of cancer, and be proactive in your care by staying up-to-date with regular screenings.

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Payment and Financial Assistance

Together, we’ll create a plan to help you cover the cost of your care. With more resources than ever before, we let you focus on what matters most: your health.

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Information for Caregivers

Caregivers need care too. While you're supporting their journey, we're here to help support yours.

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A Team of Cancer Experts as Determined as You

We’re more than nationally recognized cancer experts. We’re mothers and fathers. Sons and daughters. So when you or someone you love is facing cancer, we put our medical knowledge and big hearts to work, supporting you with everything we’ve got, from our life-saving diagnostic technology and treatments, to our whole-person approach to care, and our one-on-one Nurse Navigation.

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Personalized Patient Navigation

You’re always supported. And you’ll always know what’s ahead. Your Nurse Navigator will coordinate and communicate every detail of your care, from setting up every appointment to helping you understand what to expect before, during, and after your treatments.

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Online Cancer Help Library

We've seen first-hand that patient education is key to feeling confident and empowered throughout your treatment journey. That’s why we’ve created an extensive education resource to help you better understand your specific tumor type. The more you and your support system know about your condition and how to care for yourself before, during and after your cancer treatment, the more likely you are to follow your team’s medical recommendations throughout the process.

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