There is no such thing as routine vulvar cancer. Every patient’s vulvar cancer is different, with different, individually unique genes and molecules driving each person’s specific cancer.
At the OSUCCC – James, our vulvar cancer specialists are world-renowned cancer experts who focus solely on vulvar cancer and who reach across medical disciplines (gynecologic oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, pharmacists and more) to design the very best treatment plan and therapies to target each patient’s specific cancer.
And by offering access to the country’s most advanced clinical trials right here at the OSUCCC – James, patients know that additional options, when needed, are often available for their treatment and care.
Facts About Vulvar Cancer
The vulva is the anatomical term for a woman’s external genitalia. This includes the inner and outer lips of the vagina, the clitoris, the opening of the vagina and its glands, the rounded area in front of the pubic area, and the perineum, which is the area between the vagina and the anus.
Cancer that begins in the cells of any of these tissues is referred to as vulvar cancer. Vulvar cancer is extremely rare, with about 4,800 cases diagnosed each year.
Vulvar Cancer Symptoms
Vulvar cancer that has just formed, or that is early in its progress, may not cause any symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they may include the following:
- A lump or growth on the vulva
- Changes in the vulvar skin, such as color changes or growths that look like a wart or ulcer
- Itching in the vulvar area that does not go away
- Bleeding not related to menstruation
- Tenderness in the vulvar area
Having these symptoms does not necessarily mean you have vulvar cancer. But if you have symptoms, you should tell your doctor, especially if symptoms have continued for longer than a few weeks.
(Source: National Cancer Institute)
If you have received a vulvar cancer diagnosis, or if you want a second opinion or just want to speak to a vulvar cancer specialist, we are here to help you. Call 800-293-5066 or 614-293-5066 to make an appointment.