Can vulvar cancer be completely cured?
The main options are surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Many women with vulval cancer have a combination of these treatments. If your cancer is at an early stage, it’s often possible to get rid of it completely.
Does vulvar cancer require surgery?
When a woman is diagnosed with vulvar cancer, surgery is the most common first step to remove all the cancerous tissue. Some normal tissue is also removed to help keep the cancer from coming back. Lymph node tissue from the groin may also be removed during surgery.
Can vulvar cancer come back after surgery?
You may only have radiation therapy or your may have radiation in combination with surgery or chemotherapy. Some women will be treated with all three therapies: surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Despite treatment, vulvar cancer sometimes recurs. It may come back in the vulva or elsewhere in the body.
How long does vulvar surgery take to heal?
You can usually start to be sexually active again about 6 to 8 weeks after your surgery. Your vulvar area has to heal completely first. Your doctor will tell you when you have healed and are ready to have penetrative sex again.
Does vulvar cancer spread fast?
Vulvar cancer begins on the surface of the vulva. Most of these cancers grow slowly, remaining on the surface for years. However, some (for example, melanomas) grow quickly.
Is vulvar cancer a death sentence?
As mentioned previously, there will be about 1,000 deaths this year from vulvar cancer. Specific-cause mortality will come from complications of treatment or fulminant metastatic disease.
What are the warning signs of vulvar cancer?
Vulvar Cancer Symptoms
- Constant itching.
- Changes in the color and the way the vulva looks.
- Bleeding or discharge not related to menstruation.
- Severe burning, itching or pain.
- An open sore that lasts for more than a month.
- Skin of the vulva looks white and feels rough.
What happens if you have vulvar cancer?
Some signs of vulvar cancer are skin changes in part of the vulva, a new bump, skin feeling thick or rough, itching, burning, an open sore, and new bleeding, spotting, or discharge from the vagina.
How long can you live with vulvar cancer?
Survival rates can give you an idea of what percentage of people with the same type and stage of cancer are still alive a certain amount of time (usually 5 years) after they were diagnosed.
5-year relative survival rates for vulvar cancer.
|SEER Stage||5-Year Relative Survival Rate|
|All SEER stages combined||71%|
Do you need chemo for vulvar cancer?
Vulvar cancer is treated with surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or a combination of these, depending upon the stage of the cancer. Most often, your doctor will recommend that you start treatment within a few weeks of your diagnosis.
How long does it take to recover from vulvar cancer surgery?
Wear loose-fitting clothing and avoid underwear so your wound can air. Do not put anything into your vagina after surgery until your doctor says the area is healed (usually 6–8 weeks). This includes using tampons and having sex.
How often does vulvar cancer come back?
Recurrent vulvar cancer occurs in an average of 24% of cases after primary treatment after surgery with or without radiation.