What is Small Cell Carcinoma of the Vagina?
Small cell carcinoma of the vagina is an extremely rare and aggressive form of vaginal cancer. It is characterised by small, round, malignant cells that originate in the tissues of the vagina. Small cell carcinomas are more commonly seen in the lungs, and their occurrence in the vagina is an unusual event.
The symptoms of small cell carcinoma of the vagina can include:
- Unusual vaginal bleeding (for example, after intercourse or post-menopause)
- Watery vaginal discharge
- A lump or mass in the vagina
- Pelvic pain or discomfort
- Frequent urination
Disease Aetiology (Causes)
The precise cause of small cell carcinoma of the vagina is unknown, but potential risk factors may include exposure to diethylstilbestrol (a synthetic form of estrogen), history of other gynaecological cancers, smoking, and certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.
Diagnosis of small cell carcinoma of the vagina typically involves:
- Detailed medical history and pelvic examination
- Pap test to detect abnormal cells
- Biopsy to confirm the diagnosis
- Imaging tests like CT scan, MRI or PET scan to determine the extent and spread of the cancer
The treatment for small cell carcinoma of the vagina often includes:
- Surgery: Depending on the stage of the cancer, surgery may be performed to remove the tumour.
- Chemotherapy: This is often used due to the aggressive nature of small cell carcinoma, sometimes in combination with radiotherapy.
- Radiotherapy: This may be used post-surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells, or as a primary treatment if surgery is not an option.
What Support can we Give for Small Cell Carcinoma of the Vagina?
Small Cell Carcinoma of the Vagina is rare cancer, meaning it is not as well known as other forms of cancer. Without a Ribbon is an Australian organisation that provides support for individuals who suffer from rare cancers. So, we provide a designated platform for Warriors to obtain information specific to their Rare Cancer. We also provide annual opportunities for our Warriors to meet and learn from each other. If you suffer from rare cancer such as Small Cell Carcinoma of the Vagina, we can help and support you through your journey thanks to the generous donations we receive. Click the link below to sign up and become a Warrior today!
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