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Dr. John Geisler
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Vulvar Cancer (Overview)

Cancer of the vulva


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How is vulvar cancer treated?

How is vulvar cancer treated?

Vulvar cancer: Vulvar dysplasia (precancer) can be treated by surgery (cutting it out or destroying it with a laser) or occasionally with medicine. Invasive vulvar cancer is most commonly treated with surgery (removal of lesion and lymph nodes). Rarely, chemotherapy or radiation is used also for advanced disease. ...Read more

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Dr. John Geisler
66 doctors shared insights

Vulvar Cancer (Overview)

Cancer of the vulva


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What are the symptoms for vulvar cancer?

What are the symptoms for vulvar cancer?

Usually a lesion: Most commonly patients present with a single vulvar lesion (nodular or warty) on the labia majora. Sometimes the lesion can be itchy. Less commonly there may be bleeding, discharge, pain with urination, or an enlarged lymph node. ...Read more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
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Is frequent vaginal itching a sign of vulvar cancer?

Is frequent vaginal itching a sign of vulvar cancer?

Not likely: It is more likely due to yeast infection of bacterial vaginosis. Skin disorders that affect rest of the body can also affect the vulva and may cause itching, including allergy to materials in your clothing, e.g., detergents. ...Read more

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Can you have sex after a diagnosis of vulvar cancer?

Can you have sex after a diagnosis of vulvar cancer?

Yes: Except for a time after procedures such as biopsy or excision, sexual activity would only be limited by any discomfort or irritaton. ...Read more

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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
Once
Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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What are the tests for vulvar cancer?

What are the tests for vulvar cancer?

Physical and biopsy: Vulva can be observed directly for any suspicious lesions. If there are any, those can be biopsied for examination by a pathologist. Hpv infection is implicated in vulvar cancer like in cervical cancer. ...Read more

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How will my doctor know if I have vulvar cancer?

How will my doctor know if I have vulvar cancer?

Exam and biopsy: Part of your pelvic exam is an examination of the vulva. It is important to mention any symptoms you are having there to focus this examination. A biopsy of the suspicious area is used to make or rule out the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the causes of vulvar cancer?

What are the causes of vulvar cancer?

Not exactly clear: The risk factors for vulvar cancer include cigarette smoking, vulvar dystrophy (eg lichen sclerosus), vulvar or cervical intraepithelial neoplasia, human papillomavirus (hpv) infection, immunodeficiency syndroms, a prior history of cervical cancer, and northern european ancestry. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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


Vulva (Definition)

The external female genitalia including the mons pubis, labia majora and minor, clitoris, vestibule, ...Read more