Top
20
Doctor insights on: Gardasil Will Prevent Vaginal Cancer

Share
1

1
Is it true that gardasil will prevent vaginal cancer?

Is it true that gardasil will prevent vaginal cancer?

Yes: Cervarix is another vacination against hpv 16 & 18 , gardiasil protect against hpv 16 & 18, also 6 & 11. 16 & 18 are associated with cervical, vaginal, vulvar cancer. 6 & 11 more associated with genital wart (not necessary cervical cancer). Cervarix seems to be more potent thant gardiasil for prevention of cancer (still both are very good). Get either one. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Barry Rosen
4,308 doctors shared insights

Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


2

2
How does vaginal cancer affect the body?

How does vaginal cancer affect the body?

Local and distant: Vaginal cancer is uncommon, it is associated with hpv infection, local lesion is usually an ulcerated mass with bleeding and invasion into surrounding tissues and lymph nodes and later spread to other organs. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vaginal-cancer/ds00812. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
3

3
Does vaginal cancer grow slowly or quickly?

Does vaginal cancer grow slowly or quickly?

Timeline of cancer: Most cancers of the vagina will be squamous cell carcinomas that arise from a focus of dysplasia (premalignant change). This change can take a very long time or can happen within months. If the tumor becomes invasive it can spread quickly. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
Can kids get vaginal cancer?

Can kids get vaginal cancer?

One kind, rarely: There is one rare type of vaginal cancer that is usually seen in young girls. It is called sarcoma botryoides or embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, and looks like a bunch of grapes that hang out through the opening of the vagina. It can be treated with a combination of surgery and chemotherapy, and sometimes radiation. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
5

5
Do you necessarily have to go through chemotherapy if you have vaginal cancer?

Do you necessarily have to go through chemotherapy if you have vaginal cancer?

No, depends.: You should be seeing a gyn-oncologist, but it depends on the severity and size of the vaginal cancer. Typically, radiation may be necessary, again it depends on the severity and size as determined by initial surgery for removal and staging of the cancer. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
6

6
Can infections lead to vaginal cancer?

Yes and depends: Specifically hpv which is linked to cervix, anal, oropharynx cancer can also raise risk of vaginal cancer. This usually occurs in women in their 60's-70's as we've stopped using des. Also remember cervix dysplasia or cancer is a risk for vaginal dysplasia & cancer. ...Read more

7

7
Is vaginal itching a sign of vaginal cancer?

No, not necessarily: But look out for any growth or thickening of the skin or muscosa. That can be a sign of cancer and itching can be a symptoms in some cases. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
What're the symptoms of cervical cancer or vaginal cancer?

What're the symptoms of cervical cancer or vaginal cancer?

None, until...: What makes both cervical cancer (common) and vaginal cancer (quite rare) so vicious is that they are asymptomatic until they're quite advanced. This is one of the reasons for a routine health check here. Your physician knows how to do this. Good luck. ...Read more

9

9
Is there any relation between using a condom and vaginal cancer?

Is there any relation between using a condom and vaginal cancer?

No: Condom use during sex would most likely protect you from one day ever developing vaginal cancer. The reason for this is that hpv is the major cause of vaginal cancer. While condom use decreases, it does not eliminate the risk of getting an hpv infection. Get regular pap smears and follow up with your doctor as directed. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
10

10
What about screening for vaginal cancer?

Pap smear: The pap smear screens for the same changes in the vagina or cervix. When a doctor performs a pap smear for an abnormal pap smear they look in the vagina as well as on the cervix. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
11

11
Are vulval cancer and vaginal cancer caused by hpv?

Are vulval cancer and vaginal cancer caused by hpv?

Associated: Hpv is associated with genital areas for warts and cancers in men and women which can include inside into the vagina and cervix and anus. Head and neck linings can also be associated with hpv. What I am saying hpv does not always lead to or cause these cancers and these cancers can occur without hpv. Gardasil vaccines can help prevent hpv. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
12

12
If pap test is negative, there is no vaginal cancer?

If pap test is negative, there is no vaginal cancer?

Cannot assume that: The pap smear looks at the cells from the cervix, checking for cervical cancer and for precancerous changes on the cervix. A pap smear does not check the vagina, but the doctor who is doing the pap smear does look at the vagina to check that it looks ok. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
14

14
What are the possible side effects of treatments for vaginal cancer?

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

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. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
16

16
Can you transmit vaginal cancer from one women to another by having sex?

Can you transmit vaginal cancer from one women to another by having sex?

No: Vaginal cancer is usually caused by certain strains of the hpv virus. While a woman's risk of vaginal is increased by multiple sexual partners and having a history of abnormal pap smears, it is still very rare. Cancer cells are malignant, but are not capable of grafting from one individual to another via sex. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
17

17
I have human papillomavirus. Does this increase my chances of getting vaginal cancer?

I have human papillomavirus. Does this increase my chances of getting vaginal cancer?

Yes!: Yes, hpv directly causes at least 50% of all vaginal and vulvar cancers, as well as all cerivical cancers, much of anal cancers, 70% of head-and-neck cancers and most non-melanoma skin cancers amongst other problems! that's a ton of cancers from one virus! ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
18

18
Is vaginal cancer diagnosticated only with a normal visit or needs a colposcopy? Thanks

Yes a normal Gynecol: A pelvic exam by your doctor can reveal the tumors. You do not need to have a colposcopy which is mainly done for early detection of the cancer of the cervix. ...Read more

19

19
In vaginal cancer does vaginal bleeding come first and then comes the macroscopic lesions? Thanks

In vaginal cancer does vaginal bleeding come first and then comes the macroscopic lesions? Thanks

The otherway: Bleeding only occurs once a tumor has formed and is easily palpable and visible from inside(macroscopic). A pelvic exam by your doctor can easily pick up the tumors that are bleeding. ...Read more

20

20
What foods should I eat while taking radiation for vaginal cancer, also what are the best drinks to drink ?

What foods should I eat while taking radiation for vaginal cancer, also what are the best drinks to drink ?

Depends on symptoms: Treatment with radiation towards the pelvis may have effects on the bowel. If diarrhea develops we suggest a low fiber diet. If a patient becomes fatigued we try decreasing carbohydrates and increasing protein. For most a balanced nutritious diet with variety works fine. All of this is tempered to not change a diet for a diabetic or other specialized diets when needed. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. John Geisler
69 doctors shared insights