We treat women with vulvar cancer using advanced techniques that maximize positive outcomes and restore quality of life. Our experts at the Women's Cancer Center in Central PAa.have vast experience treating this disease.
Vulvar cancer is a type of cancer that occurs on the outer part of the female genitalia. The vulva includes the opening of the vagina, the labia (the folds of skin around the urethra and vagina), and the clitoris. Vulvar cancer commonly forms as a lump or sore on the vulva that often causes itching. Though it can occur at any age, vulvar cancer is most commonly diagnosed in older women. Vulvar cancer treatment usually involves surgery to remove the cancer and a small amount of surrounding healthy tissue. Sometimes vulvar cancer surgery requires removing the entire vulva. The earlier vulvar cancer is diagnosed, the less likely an extensive surgery is needed for treatment.
Signs and symptoms of vulvar cancer may include:
While these symptoms can be signs of vulvar cancer, they can also indicate less serious, noncancerous conditions. If you have symptoms that won't go away and cannot be explained by other reasons, report them to your doctor.
Although the exact cause of vulvar cancer isn't known, certain factors appear to increase your risk of the disease, including:
Tests and procedures used to diagnose vulvar cancer include:
Treatment options for vulvar cancer depend on the type and stage of your cancer as well as your overall health.
Operations used to treat vulvar cancer include:
Chemotherapy is a drug treatment that uses chemicals to kill cancer cells. Chemotherapy drugs are typically administered through a vein in your arm or by mouth. For women with advanced vulvar cancer that has spread to other areas of the body, chemotherapy may be an option. Sometimes chemotherapy is combined with radiation therapy to shrink large vulvar cancers to make it more likely that surgery will be successful. Radiation Therapy Radiation therapy uses high-powered energy beams, such as X-rays, to kill cancer cells. Radiation therapy for vulvar cancer is usually administered by a machine that moves around your body and directs radiation to precise points on your skin (external beam radiation).
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