A large proportion of cervical cancer cases are caused by infections with human papilloma viruses (HPV). These viruses can infect the cervix exclusively at the epithelial layer of the outer cervix and spread from there. Prevention or early treatment of such local HPV infections can sustainably prevent cervical cancer.
Virtual Development of an Ablation Device
The project objective of HPVex is the virtual development of a treatment device for the timely thermal ablation of the epithelial layer at the outer cervix. The device design has to allow a safe, therapeutically successful and sparing treatment. In addition, it shall enable mass production at low cost. In the long term, this ablation device can be used to prevent cervical cancer on a large scale.