How does treatment for vulvar cancer affect women?

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Treatments for vulvar cancer affect women in a number of ways. Surgery can make having sex with a partner more difficult or painful, although some of these problems may be temporary. You may experience severe fatigue and feel anxious and depressed as a result of physical changes after surgery. Chemotherapy can cause hair loss, for example, along with frequent nausea and vomiting. Talking to close friends, a therapist, or others with the same condition can help. Focus on making your life easy, and try to maintain a good emotional connection with your partner.

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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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