Vulvar Cancer Treatment Bethlehem PA

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John Burton Villeneuve, MD
(610) 366-8555
1611 Pond Rd Ste 101
Allentown, PA
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology, Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90033
Graduation Year: 1991

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Christina Shuwai Chu, MD
(312) 927-7565
285 Vista Dr
Easton, PA
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology, Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1995
Hospital
Hospital: Hospital Of The Univ Of Penn, Philadelphia, Pa; Pennsylvania Hosp, Philadelphia, Pa
Group Practice: Univ Of Pennsylvania Hospital Dept Of Obstetrics Gynecology

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Alan John Kunschner, MD
(412) 621-2888
3358 5th Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology, Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Di Bologna, Fac Di Med E Chirurgia, Bologna, Italy
Graduation Year: 1966
Hospital
Hospital: Magee Womens Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa
Group Practice: Murphy Kunschner Seski & Assoc

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John Joseph Mikuta, MD
(215) 662-3313
3400 Spruce St
Philadelphia, PA
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1948

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Holly Skaggs Gallion, MD
(412) 432-1508
2516 Jane St
Pittsburgh, PA
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ky Coll Of Med, Lexington Ky 40536
Graduation Year: 1979

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Gazi Abdulhay, MD
(610) 366-8555
1611 Pond Rd
Allentown, PA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Gynecological Oncology
Gender
Male
Languages
Arabic, Turkish
Education
Medical School: Istanbul Univ, Istanbul Tip Fak, Istanbul, Turkey
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: St Lukes Hospital, Bethlehem, Pa; Sacred Heart Hosp, Allentown, Pa; Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, Pa
Group Practice: Lehigh Valley Womens Cancer Center

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John R Loughead, MD FACS
(215) 376-9767
19 Saint Louis St
Lewisburg, PA
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson
Graduation Year: 1954

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Robert Lyman Adam Walker, MD
(570) 271-6343
1 N Academy Ave
Danville, PA
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Toronto, Fac Of Med, Toronto, Ont, Canada
Graduation Year: 1969

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John Burton Villeneuve, MD
(610) 366-8555
1611 Pond Rd Ste 101
Allentown, PA
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology, Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90033
Graduation Year: 1991

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Janice Harriet Axelrod, MD
(412) 578-1819
2077 Beechwood Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: A Einstein Coll Of Med Of Yeshiva Univ, Bronx Ny 10461
Graduation Year: 1973

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Vulvar Cancer: A Hidden Disease

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Vulvar cancer is the fourth most common cancer of the female genital tract. There are several different types of vulvar cancer. The cause of vulvar cancer is unclear, but early detection is the key to survival.

There are several different types of vulvar cancer. More than 90 percent are squamous cell carcinomas. Squamous cells are the same kind of cells that comprise most of the skin on the body and the cells that line the inside the body's cavities.

The second most common type of vulvar cancer is melanoma, accounting for about five percent of cases. Just like on other parts of the body, melanomas develop from the skin cells that produce pigment or color.

The cause of vulvar cancer is unclear, but human papillomavirus is suspected to be a possible risk factor, as is smoking. Patients infected with HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS may also be more vulnerable to developing vulvar cancer.

"In premenopausal women, many of these cancers are associated with HPV types 16, 18 or 33," says Isabel Blumberg, M.D., a clinical instructor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive science at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, N.Y.

Vulvar cancer, which affects external female genital organs, is most common on the inner edges of the labia majora or the labia minora. The cancer can also affect the clitoris or Bartholin glands, the tiny, mucus-producing glands on either side of the vaginal opening. It most often affects women 65 years and older, but it can also affect younger women.

The symptoms may or may not be obvious. "Itching is a common complaint, although many patients may be asymptomatic," Blumberg said. Other symptoms may include:
  • Pain or tenderness;
  • Burning sensation;
  • Non-menstrual related bleeding;
  • Any change in size, color, or texture of a birthmark or more in the vulvar area; or
  • Open sores, bumps or lumps in the vulvar region.

"Any pigmented lesion in the vulvar area with an increase in size, change in color or development of ulceration should indicate further investigation," says Amy Freeman, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in private practice in Millburn, N.J.

Like many cancers, the earlier the cancer is detected, the more curable it is. Vulvar cancer has a high cure rate, as long as it is detected and treated early. It's very important for women to seek medical attention if they experience persistent itching, burning or pain in the vulvar region, or if they notice skin changes or open sores that won't heal properly or in a timely fashion.

A biopsy is necessary to make a proper diagnosis. If the doctor finds an abnormal area in the vulvar area, he or she will biopsy a small piece of skin and examine it under a microscope. Vulvar cancer is most often treated with surgery. The type of surgery needed will be based on the size, depth and spread of the cancer. Radiation may ...

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