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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


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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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Can you tell me the symptoms of vulvar cancer?

Can you tell me the symptoms of vulvar cancer?

A couple common ones: Most women present with a single raised area or mass on the labia majora. The labia minora, perineum, and clitoris are less frequently involved. Itching is also a common complaint. Bleeding, discharge, pain with urination, and/or an enlarged lymph node in the groin are less frequent but also possible presenting symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of vulvar cancer?

What are the most common symptoms of vulvar cancer?

Patch or sore: Vulvar cancer usually presents as a persistent white patch of skin or non-healing sore. A biopsy is useful in the diagnosis. You should not go by how it looks, some forms of vulvar cancer can be deceptively benign-looking. ...Read more

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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 tell me the risk factors for vulvar cancer?

Can you tell me the risk factors for vulvar cancer?

YES: The most common risk factors associated with vulvar cancer are age, hpv, hiv, smoking, and vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia. Other risk factors may include bowen's disease, paget's disease, lichen sclerosus, chronic irritant vaginitis (such as with pessary), and employment in laundry and cleaning industry. ...Read more

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How can I tell if what I have are signs of vulvar cancer?

How can I tell if what I have are signs of vulvar cancer?

See GYN: See your gyn and discus your concerns, a good gynecological exam will determine this, with possible biopsy if warranted. ...Read more

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What are the types of vulvar cancer? What type of vulvar cancer do I have?

What are the types of vulvar cancer? What type of vulvar cancer do I have?

Squamous, Melanomas: Vulvar malignancies are more rare than some cancers and usually arise from skin (squamous cell) or pigment skin cells (malignant melanoma). The squamous carcinoma is commonly related to the human papilloma virus (hpv) #16. The hpv virus is usually transmitted by sexual contact. Treatment can include biopsy, sometimes surgical removal, freezing, lasar, other methods and evaluation for metastasis. ...Read more

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How could I prevent vulvar cancer?

How could I prevent vulvar cancer?

Vulvar cancer: Vulvar cancer in many, if not most, women is caused by the hpv viruses. Any behavior leading to increased exposure to the viruses (such as multiple sexual partners) can increase the risk, although the overall risk is quite low. Diseases or drugs that suppress the immune system also increase the risk, as does smoking. It has not been directly studied, but the hpv vaccine may decrease the risk. ...Read more

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Has anyone had surgery with complete recovery for vulvar cancer?

Early cancer is: Curable. Patients with lesions less than 2.0 cm have a 60-80% five year survival. Smaller lesions have better outcomes. ...Read more

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How treatable is vulvar cancer? Is vulvar cancer one of those cancers that is extremely treatable? .

Vulvar cancer: Highly treatable. Usually a surgery like radical vulvectomy and chemotherapy and radiation therapy all modalities are employed in its treatment. ...Read more

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Is vulvar cancer treated with chemotherapy? How often is vulvar cancer treated with chemotherapy if it is caught in its early stages? .

Is vulvar cancer treated with chemotherapy? How often is vulvar cancer treated with chemotherapy if it is caught in its early stages? .

Sometimes: Early stage vulvar cancer is usually treated with surgery first or rarely radiation therapy for those who are not able to undergo surgery. Sometimes radiation therapy is needed after surgery. Some stage iii and IV tumors are treated with a combination of chemotherapy and radiation together instead of surgery. Chemotherapy alone would usually only be used if the cancer has spread widely. ...Read more

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What is the pathophysiology of vulvar cancer?

What is the pathophysiology of vulvar cancer?

Only pathology: Vulvar cancer is a pathologic state and has no physiology. The causes include hpv and HIV infection, and smoking. It is uncommon and occurs on older women. For additional information consult the website given below. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/vulvar-cancer/ds00768. ...Read more

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What is vulvar cancer?

What is vulvar cancer?

Genital cancer: Vulvar cancer is uncommon, a cancer of the external genitals of a woman. May present as a mass, an ulcerated abnormality, persistent nonhealing sore, lump. Generally in older women, takes time to develop. Just another reason to go for regular exams. ...Read more

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Who gets vulvar cancer?

Who gets vulvar cancer?

Vulvar cancer: Women in their 30s & 40s with high risk hpv and older women with chronic vulvar irritation. Smokers in both age groups are at more risk. ...Read more

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How is vulvar cancer staged?

How is vulvar cancer staged?

Read below: Staging is a way of describing a cancer, such as where it is located, if or where it has spread, and if it is affecting the functions of other organs in the body. Doctors use diagnostic tests to determine the cancer's stage, so staging may not be complete until all of the tests are finished. Knowing the stage helps the doctor to decide what kind of treatment is best and can help predict a patient'. ...Read more

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Vulva (Definition)

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


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