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

The CDC recently announced that fewer than half of American children are given the HPV vaccination.

Research

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.

Education

The Gynecologic Cancer Global Health Forum will be Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 in D.C.. For more information on educational events and courses, click here.