After initial treatment is completed, patients with either cancer are followed closely with visits every 2 to 4 months for the first 3 years and then every 6 months for another 2 years or so and ultimately yearly. At each visit they have a physical exam, including a pelvic exam, CA125 testing, and, depending on the patient and her situation, imaging tests, such as CT scans, X-rays, MRIs or PET scans, may be performed. Unless patients are diagnosed early these cancers have a tendency to recur with time. Hence, patients often require more than one round of chemotherapy and may also need additional surgical procedures.
Visit the Sisterhood of Survivorship page to read “Dena’s Story” — by a vulvar cancer survivor who has shared her story and wise words, and channeled her energy into her National Race to End Women’s Cancer team.
The CDC recently announced that fewer than half of American children are given the HPV vaccination.
As of the July 23 deadline, 55 research abstracts were submitted in hopes of receiving one of only 6 grants from the Foundation. This points to a need for more funding so that the Foundation may award grants to every deserving applicant.