Surgical Staging

In general, cancers are divided into categories or stages, with the assignment with a stage based on the risk for recurrence. For vulvar cancer the final stage depends on the pathologic review of the surgical specimens from the vulva and regional lymph nodes.

Stage IA: These lesions do not require a regional lymph node evaluation because of the low risk of metastasis.

Stage 1B: These tumors have deeper invasion (great than 1mm), but the regional lymph nodes are negative. These patients remain in Stage 1 category since they have a no risk for recurrence.

Stage II: The tumors have a local extension to the urethra, anus or vagina with negative lymph nodes. These patients have a lower risk of recurrence than patients described as Stage III.

Stage III: This stage includes patients with lymph node metastases regardless of size, location or extension of the primary vulvar tumor. The presence and extent of lymph node involvement is the single most important factor in the determining the risk of recurrence.

Spotlight

Hear from Dr. Anil Sood, the Foundation’s Research Chairman, and Carol Brown, 2014 SGO Program Chair, about research of interest to women and the public presented at the 2014 SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer. Watch the video

Awareness

A new SGO Clinical Practice Statement states women diagnosed with epithelial ovarian, tubal, and peritoneal cancers should be considered for genetic counseling and testing, even in the absence of a family history.

Education

The next Gynecologic Cancer Survivors Course Friday, May 2, 2014 in Long Island, NY. For more information on courses, click here.