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Cornelius O Granai III, MD
(401) 453-7520
101 Dudley St
Providence, RI
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology, Obstetrics And Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: William W Backus Hosp, Norwich, Ct; Brockton Hosp, Brockton, Ma; Westerly Hospital, Westerly, Ri; Women & Infants Hospital Of R, Providence, Ri
Group Practice: Women's Oncology

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Michael Andrew Steller, MD
(617) 562-7406
101 Dudley St
Providence, RI
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1986

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Sarah Feldman, MD
(617) 732-6987
45 Homestead Ave
Rehoboth, MA
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: Brigham & Womens Hosp, Boston, Ma

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Walter Gajewski
(860) 442-0711
101 Dudley St
Providence, RI
Specialty
Gynecological Oncology
Associated Hospitals
Coastal AHEC

Don Dizon
(310) 657-6131
101 Dudley St
Providence, RI
Specialty
Oncologist, Gynecologic Oncologist, Physician
Associated Hospitals
Women & Infants Hospital

Douglas J Marchant, MD FACS
(401) 453-7540
101 Dudley St
Providence, RI
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts
Graduation Year: 1951

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John Champlin Lathrop, MD
(401) 421-4450
147 County Rd
Barrington, RI
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1955

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Bachir Sakr
(401) 453-7520
101 Dudley St
Providence, RI
Specialty
Internist, Oncologist, Gynecologic Oncologist
Associated Hospitals
Women & Infants Hospital

Cornelius Granai
(401) 453-7520
101 Dudley St #Gynoncol
Providence, RI
Specialty
Gynecological Oncology
Associated Hospitals
Women's Oncology

John Lathrop
(401) 421-4450
147 County Rd
East Greenwich, RI
Specialty
Gynecological Oncology
Associated Hospitals
John C Lathrop Inc

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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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