Paget’s disease of the vulva (PDV) is a rare skin cancer that arises from glandular cells. In some cases, it can also affect the perineal areas. This disease is most commonly seen in postmenopausal females and appears as a red, velvety area with white islands of tissue on the vulva. At times it may also be pink, and sometimes there may be moist, oozing ulcerations that easily bleed. Common symptoms include itching and soreness.
The exact cause of vulvar Paget’s disease is unknown, and it is usually diagnosed with a biopsy.
Diagnosis of Paget’s disease will start will a physical exam where your doctor will examine areas that are causing you discomfort. They may also perform a biopsy to confirm the condition. If you are experiencing symptoms associated with Paget’s disease of the vulva, please contact our office today.
As with other forms of cancer, early detection and treatment often result in improved outcomes. Individuals who are experiencing any of the Paget’s disease symptoms should visit their health provider as soon as possible for assessment and diagnosis. There are a number of different treatment options for vulvar Paget’s disease depending on the severity of the cancer. Treatment options may include one or a combination of the following.
Radiotherapy is a cancer treatment that uses high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors.
Topical chemotherapy consists of anti-cancer medication that is placed directly on the skin in a form of a cream or ointment.
This form of surgery uses high-intensity beams of light to destroy cancer cells.
Photodynamic therapy uses a drug that is activated by light, called a photosensitizer or photosensitizing agent, to kill cancer cells. The light can come from a laser or other source, such as LEDs.
In cases where other treatment options are not effective, surgery may be required. In more severe cases, skin grafting may be needed to close the wound.
For professional and prompt care for Paget’s disease of the vulva, contact Tideline Center for Health & Aesthetics today. Our team of physicians is dedicated to providing the best possible care to each of our patients using cutting-edge medical techniques and technology for optimal results.