In the August issue of CAP TODAY, Michael Henry, M.D., provided detailed perspective in the feature story, At LAST, one HPV diagnostic terminology. Dr. Henry, of Mayo Clinic's Division of Anatomic Pathology, was interviewed because of his extensive role in the project, serving as a member of steering committee for the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) LAST (Lower Anogenital Squamous Terminology Standardization) Project. The project established on consensus on a unified terminology for human papillomavirus-associated disease (HPV).
According to CAP TODAY:
For more than two years, five interdisciplinary working groups of the LAST project, led by the CAP and the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, have deliberated on a consensus. They ultimately agreed on standard diagnostic terms for HPV-associated squamous intraepithelial lesions and superficially invasive squamous carcinomas of the lower anogenital tract, and appropriate use of specific biomarkers to clarify histologic interpretations and improve diagnostic accuracy.