Surgical Staging

In general, cancers are divided into categories or stages, with the assignment with a stage based on the risk for recurrence.

Stage I: The cancer is found only in the vaginal wall.

Stage II: The tumor has spread to the tissue next to the vagina.

Stage III: The cancer has spread to the lymph nodes and/or the pelvis.

Stage IVA: In addition to spreading to nearby lymph nodes, the cancer also has spread to the bladder, rectum or pelvis

Stage IVB: The cancer has spread beyond the vagina to areas like the lungs.

Spotlight

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.

Awareness

Vaccine efficacy against vulvar infection with HPV 16/18 was comparable to the efficacy found against cervical infection 4 years after vaccination, according to researchers with the National Cancer Institute.

Research

The Foundation has published its 2014-2015 Research Grants and Awards Booklet with Applications. Please consider applying to become part of an elite group of physician-scientists committed to the well-being of women at risk for/affected by gyn malignancies.

Education

The next Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course will be Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Boston. For more information on courses, click here.