As the name suggests, Vulvar Cancer happens on the vulvar region and often there are actually no symptoms experienced here. In other cases, women would experience a lot of itchiness and pain in the area. There would also be tumor like growth here that is followed with some pus or discharged. Light bleeding, weight loss, painful urination and discharge from the area are common symptoms.
HOW IS VULVAR CANCER DIAGNOSED?
The following tests and procedures may be used:
• Physical exam and history : An exam of the body to check general signs of health, including checking the vulva for signs of disease, such as lumps or anything else that seems unusual. A history of the patient’s health habits and past illnesses and treatments will also be taken.
• Biopsy : The removal of samples of cells or tissues from the vulva so they can be viewed under a microscope by a pathologist to check for signs of cancer.
HOW IS VULVAR CANCER TREATED?
Treatment of Vulvar Cancer depends on the stage of cancer. The cancerous tissue is removed, including a margin of surrounding healthy tissue. A portion of the vulva may also be removed. Reconstruction surgery may be required after vulvectomy. Radiation therapy is also given to kill remaining cancer cells
DID YOU KNOW?
Follow up tests are extremely important after treatment of Vulvar Cancer