Initial symptoms are non-specific and complete excision of the lesion is indicated in cases with suspected diagnosis. Prognosis of patients with these neoplasms is poor and remains unchanged despite the treatment approach. Hemivulvectomy with lymph node dissection is the current procedure of choice, associated or not with adjuvant therapies. We report two cases of patients presenting with late diagnosed vulvar melanoma and the relevant aspects in their therapeutic management.
An internet friend and I run a Facebook information and support group for those with vulva and vagina cancers and related issues. I've been searching the internet for information about melanomas of the vulva and vagina. This is a summary of my current understanding of the topic, based solely on what I've found on the internet. I stress that I'm not medically trained, but I do have a science degree from a university which does help me considerably in understanding articles and scientific papers and determining how reliable they may be. I thought it worthwhile to post the information I've found into this forum, as melanomas of the vulva and vagina are rare and there's not much info about them on the internet. The American Cancer Society on its website says "Around 5 of every melanomas in women occur on the vulva, usually on the labia minora and clitoris. They make up about 6 of every vulvar cancers.
Once your diagnosis is confirmed, your doctor works to determine the size and extent stage of your cancer. Staging tests can include:. Your vulvar cancer is assigned a Roman numeral that denotes its stage. Stages of vulvar cancer include:. Treatment for vulvar cancer may involve removing part of the vulva partial vulvectomy or the entire vulva radical vulvectomy.
I had a melanoma on my leg five years ago. It was caught really early, and simple wide removal of tissue around the small mole was a cure. My gynecologist knew about my history.