Is vulvar cancer slow?
Vulvar cancer is rare. It can be in any area of your vulva, but it’s usually in the outer lips of your labia. Vulvar cancer usually develops slowly over many years. It starts as abnormal cells.
Is vulvar cancer a slow growing cancer?
Vulvar cancer begins in the tissues of the vulva, the external portion of the female genitalia. It’s typically a slow-growing cancer. The disease most often begins in the labia majora (the outer vaginal lips), though it may also affect the labia minora (inner vaginal lips), clitoris or vaginal glands.
Does vulvar cancer make you tired?
It is common to feel very tired and lack energy during and after cancer treatment. Your tiredness may continue for a while after treatment has finished. Some people find it takes them a few years to feel well again.
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.
What does vulvar cancer smell like?
A persistent itch in the vulva, which may be followed by a burning sensation. A lump, nodule or wart-like growth on the vulva which you can feel by touching it. In the most advanced stages, foul-smelling vaginal discharge; blood-stained vaginal discharge between periods and abdominal pain.
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%|
What is vulvar cancer pain like?
A bump or lump, which could be red, pink, or white and could have a wart-like or raw surface or feel rough or thick. Thickening of the skin of the vulva. Itching. Pain or burning.
Does vulvar cancer make you feel sick?
Common side effects experienced after chemotherapy for vulvar cancer include feeling sick (nausea), tiredness (fatigue), and a reduced resistance to infections. Chemotherapy for vulvar cancer may also increase any skin soreness caused by radiation therapy.
What should I do if I think I have vulvar cancer?
See a GP if you notice any changes in the normal appearance of your vulva. The GP will ask you about your symptoms, look at your medical history, and examine your vulva to look for any lumps or unusual areas of skin.