Is tiredness a symptom of vulvar cancer?
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.
Which symptom is an early symptom of vulvar cancer?
Pain and tenderness. Bleeding that isn’t from menstruation. Skin changes, such as color changes or thickening. A lump, wartlike bumps or an open sore (ulcer)
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.
How does vulvar cancer affect the body?
Vulvar cancer affects the external genital organs of a woman, most commonly the outer lips of the vagina. Symptoms include a lump, itching, and bleeding, and with some types discoloration of the skin and pain.
How quickly does vulvar cancer progress?
Most of these cancers grow slowly, remaining on the surface for years. However, some (for example, melanomas) grow quickly. Untreated, vulvar cancer can eventually invade the vagina, the urethra, or the anus and spread into lymph nodes in the pelvis and abdomen and into the bloodstream.
What does vulvar cancer lump feel 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.
Can you feel vulvar cancer?
The most common symptoms of vulvar cancer are itching and a palpable mass (a lump or bump). The lump may be a different color—lighter or darker—than the skin surrounding it, and it may also feel rough or thick, similar to a wart. It may or may not be painful.
Can you have vulvar cancer with no symptoms?
Most women with vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia (VIN) have no symptoms at all. When a woman with VIN does have a symptom, it is most often itching that does not go away or get better.
How did your vulvar cancer start?
It starts when cells in the vulva grow out of control and crowd out normal cells. This makes it hard for the body to work the way it should. Cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body. Cancer cells in the vulva can sometimes travel to the bladder and grow there.
What does vulvar inflammation look like?
Redness and swelling on the labia and other parts of the vulva. Intense itching. Clear, fluid-filled blisters. Sore, scaly, thick, or white patches on the vulva.
What should I do if I think I have vulvar cancer?
Seeing a specialist. If your biopsy shows that you have vulvar cancer, your health care provider will refer you to a gynecologic oncologist, a specialist in female reproductive system cancers.