How can I cope with having vulvar cancer?


Vulvar cancer is not easy to cope with, but there are things you can do to make your life easier. You should get plenty of rest-as well as some exercise-to combat fatigue caused by cancer treatment. Ask your doctor for suggestions about what activities would be right for you. Exercise may also relieve depression and anxiety. Talk to others about your feelings-and consider seeing a therapist if you are having trouble coping. And talk with your partner about the changes you have gone through and how they might affect your relationship. Staying emotionally connected is a big part of coping with vulvar cancer.

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Vulvar Cancer

Vulvar cancer develops when abnormal cells grow on the surface of a womans external genitalia.Developing slowly over years, cancer of the vulva affects the inner and outer vaginal lips called the labia minora and labia majora, the ...

opening to the vagina called the vestibule and the clitoris. See your doctor if you notice an itchy or painful lump or sore on your genitalia. Like other gynecologic cancers, the human papillomavirus (HPV) puts you at higher risk of developing this disease. You also have increased risk if youre over the age of 50, have been infected with HIV or have been diagnosed with cervical cancer. A pelvic exam can detect vulvar cancer. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are commonly used to treat this cancer. Aggressive treatments may require removal of part or the entire vulva.

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