While relatively rare, vulvar cancer recurrence is possible after a patient completes an initial course of treatment and no cancer is detected for a period of time, which can sometimes span several years. Following the completion of a patient’s primary treatment, a follow-up schedule will usually be recommended to ensure that the patient is regularly monitored for signs of recurrence. Whether the cancer reappears in the vulvar region or forms in a distant site within the body, it is still considered to be a recurrence of the original cancer.
The treatment(s) recommended for a vulvar cancer recurrence can vary based on a patient’s symptoms, the therapies utilized in the past and the location and extent of the cancer. Possible approaches include:
- Laser surgery to remove cancerous lesions
- Wide or radical local excision, which may be performed with or without radiation therapy
- Vulvectomy and pelvic exenteration surgery
- A combination of radiation therapy and chemotherapy administered concurrently
- Ultrasound surgical aspiration
- Radiation therapy to address symptoms and enhance quality of life
- Clinical trials
At Moffitt Cancer Center, we offer a full range of innovative treatment options, including promising new therapies currently available only through clinical trials, to help our patients manage their vulvar cancer recurrence and enjoy a higher quality of life. Our compassionate team also understands that living with a chronic condition like recurrent cancer can sometimes be emotionally trying for patients. For this reason, we’ve incorporated a number of supportive services into our comprehensive cancer care program, every component of which is available to our patients in a single, convenient location.
If you have questions about a vulvar cancer recurrence and would like to consult with physician specialized oncologist at Moffitt, you can do so without a referral. Contact us at 1-888-663-3488, or access our new patient registration form to schedule an appointment.