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    PamJ asked a questionVulvar Cancer

    Considering radiation after my second partial radical vulvectomy. Squamous cell ca with one lymph node positive. anyone care to share ?

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      Peroll

      The effects all depend on what else gets hit with the radiation besides the cancer site. Radiation will tend to dry out and burn skin and anything else it hits. This can be as little as a red spot on the skin or up to blistering. It will permantly remove any hair on the skinf that gets hit too. Radiation can also cause fatigue and nausea, but not in all people. Overall my personal experience is that radiation was easy compared to chemo. Radiation is a targeted treatment to kill cancer in a small area so it is indicated if there was a small margin on your tumor or there is indication that there is cancer in a well defined and limited locaion. It is not used to go after cancer cells that may have spread, chemo is best for that.

      almost 5 years ago
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    Hello everyone. I'm new here today. I'll be figuring our how this group works. I am recovering after my 3rd surgery; initial surgery Nov. 2011- partial vulvectomy(left) with removal of lymph nodes bilaterally. Sept. 2012-surgical biopsy showed reoccurance of squamous cell. Surgery Oct 22, 2012-radical vulvectomy (left) with removal of one lymph node that was positive per PET scan.
    So, now the Dr. is recomending radiation therapy. I have a lot of confidence in my surgeon. She is very impressed with a gyn radiation specialist that I will be meeting next week. I have a lot of questions mostly about the long term effects of radiation to the vulvar / pelvic area. Any experience with this out there in this group?

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      Hi Pam, welcome to the site! We are glad your here. Let me help you with this. Your question is on your "wall" only those who are following you will see it there. It takes a little while to make friends and build up a following. But, if you will copy that question and paste in in the "questions" tab at the top of any page, it will be seen by everyone who is browsing the questions page, thats where most people hang out. Also, it is sent to all those on the site who have a like diagnoses to you. So the software will help you, when you post in the questiions page.

      Give it a try there, and let me know if you have any questions about the page.

      Thanks for posting!
      Greg P
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      almost 5 years ago
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