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what are the major presenting symptoms of vaginal cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Discharge, mass: Pain, ulcer. Vaginal cancers are less common than cervical cancer. The lesions are likely to manifest by producing bloody discharge, mass and/or ulcer in the vagina, depending on the location, pain. Bleeding on intercourse may be an early sign.

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What are the possible side effects of treatments for vaginal cancer?

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Dr. David Finke
Obstetrics and Gynecology 15 years experience
Various...: If you have to undergo chemotherapy +/- radiation therapy, there are various effects from these treatments. Chemotherapy side effects are various and common. There could be some scarring or scar tissue of the bladder/rectum/etc from radiation. From the surgery to remove vaginal cancer, the side effects could include bleeding, infection, also scarring, etc.
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What are the risk factors of vaginal cancer?

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Dr. David Finke
Obstetrics and Gynecology 15 years experience
HPV: The hpv family of viruses encompasses over 100 different strains responsible for cervical cancer, genital warts and vulvar/vaginal cancer. Risk factors include multiple sexual partners, early age of first intercourse, history of abnormal pap smear, history of rectal cancer or hiv. Also, taking chronic meds like steroids or immune modulating meds for auto-immune diseases can increase the risk.
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What is vaginal cancer?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Cancer in vagina: Age > 60 yrs and exposure to the drug DES - diethyl stilbestrol before birth affect a woman's risk of developing vaginal cancer. There are 2 types - squamous cell vaginal cancer spreads slowly and usually stays near the vagina, but may spread to the lungs and liver. This is the most common type of vaginal cancer. It is found most often in women aged 60 or older. Adenocarcinoma occurs in < 30 yrs.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Who gets vaginal cancer?

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Dr. David Finke
Obstetrics and Gynecology 15 years experience
Risk factors are:: The hpv family of viruses encompasses over 100 different strains responsible for cervical cancer, genital warts and vulvar/vaginal cancer. Risk factors include multiple sexual partners, early age of first intercourse, history of abnormal pap smear, history of rectal cancer or hiv. Also, taking chronic meds like steroids or immune modulating meds for auto-immune diseases can increase the risk.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

How is vaginal cancer treated?

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Dr. David Finke
Obstetrics and Gynecology 15 years experience
Excision: Vaginal cancer is rare and is usually treated with excision of the cancer and possibly lymph node removal. This may be followed by radiation and/or chemotherapy.

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