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Michael Masami Makii, MD
(216) 476-7142
18101 Lorain Ave 5 Pavilion
Cleveland, OH
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hi John A Burns Sch Of Med, Honolulu Hi 96822
Graduation Year: 1975

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Vivian Von Gruenigen, MD
(216) 844-5011
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Wright State Univ Sch Of Med, Dayton Oh 45401
Graduation Year: 1991

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Steven Eugene Waggoner, MD
(216) 844-5011
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1984

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Kristine Zanotti
A81
Cleveland, OH
Specialty
Gynecological Oncology
Associated Hospitals
Cleveland Clinic

Kenneth Webster
(216) 444-2200
9500 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH
Specialty
Gynecological Oncology
Associated Hospitals
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Jerome Leslie Belinson, MD
(216) 444-2200
6780 Mayfield Rd
Cleveland, OH
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1968

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Kristine Marie Zanotti, MD
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1993

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Peter Graham Rose, MD
(216) 844-3340
11100 Euclid Ave Rm 7bo
Cleveland, OH
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1981

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Michael Makii
(847) 492-3040
18101 Lorain Ave
Cleveland, OH
Specialty
Gynecological Oncology
Associated Hospitals
Univ of Oklahoma Tulsa

Lawrence Levy
(216) 444-2200
9500 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH
Specialty
Gynecological Oncology
Associated Hospitals
Cleveland Clinic

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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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