What do I need to know to care for someone with vulvar cancer?

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The more you know about vulvar cancer, the better you will be able to care for someone who has it. Learn about the types of treatment that person is receiving, and if there are side effects. How far has the cancer progressed? Know the doctor's suggestions for daily activities and how any medications like chemotherapy should be given If the person you are caring has had recent surgery, follow the specific guidelines for recovery. Most important of all, be supportive and encouraging.

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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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