Vulvar Cancer Treatment Washington DC

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Willard Aaron Barnes Jr, MD
(202) 687-2240
3800 Reservoir Rd NW
Washington, DC
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1979

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Hans Bartold Krebs, MD
(703) 698-7100
3289 Woodburn Rd Ste 320
Annandale, VA
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Hamburg, Krankenhaus Eppendorf, Fak Med, Hamburg (407-21 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1973

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James Francis Barter, MD
(202) 687-2114
6301 Executive Blvd
Rockville, MD
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology, Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1977
Hospital
Hospital: Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, Md
Group Practice: Georgetown University Med Ctr

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Larry Mc Gowan, MD
(301) 299-5908
7625 Mary Cassatt Dr
Potomac, MD
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology, Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1954
Hospital
Hospital: George Washington Univ Hosp, Washington, Dc

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Jeffrey Lin
(202) 741-2276
2150 Pennsylvania Ave Nw
Washington, DC
Specialty
Oncologist, Ob / Gyn, Gynecologic Oncologist, Physician
Associated Hospitals
George Washington Univ Med Fac

Charles Russell Boice, MD
(301) 592-1600
10301 Georgia Ave Ste 205
Silver Spring, MD
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology, Obstetrics And Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 1973
Hospital
Hospital: Washington Hosp Ctr, Washington, Dc
Group Practice: Capital Women'S Care

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Annette Bicher, MD
3289 Woodburn Rd
Annandale, VA
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1987

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Gloria Shining Huang, MD
(703) 281-1295
2791 Centerboro Dr Apt 461
Vienna, VA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Gynecological Oncology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Stanford Univ Sch Of Med, Stanford Ca 94305
Graduation Year: 1997

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Jay W Carlson, DO
(202) 782-8432
Derwood, MD
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Gynecological Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of N Tx Hlth Sci Ctr, Tx Coll Osteo Med, Ft Worth Tx 76107
Graduation Year: 1987

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Russell Hill
1160 Varnum St Ne
Washington, DC
Specialty
Gynecological Oncology

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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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