NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 7,780 terms related to cancer and medicine.

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stage 0 cervical carcinoma in situ
(... SER-vih-kul KAR-sih-NOH-muh in SY-too)
Severely abnormal cells are found on the surface of the cervix. Stage 0 cervical carcinoma in situ is usually caused by certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) and is found when a cervical biopsy is done. If not treated, these abnormal cells may become cancer and spread to nearby normal tissue. Treatment for stage 0 cervical carcinoma in situ may include cryotherapy, laser therapy, loop electrosurgical procedure (LEEP), or cone biopsy to remove or destroy the abnormal tissue. Stage 0 cervical carcinoma in situ is sometimes called high-grade or severe dysplasia. Also called cervical squamous intraepithelial neoplasia 3 and CIN 3.