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Vulvar Cancer Life Expectancy

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The vulvar cancer life expectancy is the survival rate of the patient suffering from vulvar cancer. Vulvar cancer is generally uncommon and is detected in women. In vulvar cancer, the area nearby vulva or the vulva itself is attacked by the tumor. Sometimes, it is generated in vulva and gradually spreads to other parts of the body. The vulvar cancer is divided into two types, the primary vulvar cancer and the secondary vulvar cancer. The secondary vulvar cancer is formed due to spreading of primary vulvar cancer tumor.

The doctors often discuss patient's prognosis by the survival rate. The percentage of patients surviving for five years after the diagnosis of vulvar cancer has the survival rate of five years. Similarly, the survival rate of ten years refers to number of patients surviving for ten years after the diagnosis of vulvar cancer. As this rate is calculated considering the group of patients, one cannot just predict the survival rate. An individual survival rate is often calculated by keeping in mind the age, race, general state of health, your response to treatment given to you and other habits.

Doctors maintain a performance status to predict how a woman will react to the treatment. If the patient is healthy and fit, the performance status is 0 and indicates that the patient will be able to look after themselves post vulvar cancer treatment. If the patient is old and vulvar cancer is advanced then the performance status of such patients is 2 or 3. Such patients require day to day help. The performance status is used to determine if the patient can receive chemo and at what dosage. Performance status is ranked from 0 to 5, 0 being good or active and 5 being incurable or death. The detailed information on performance status is given below

Performance Status (PS):

PS 0: Vulvar Cancer Life ExpectancyPatient is healthy with no vulvar cancer symptoms and is fully active.

PS 1: Symptoms for vulvar cancer are seen in the patient. They can carry on light work.

PS 2: Patient spends half of the day taking rest and capable of self-care.

PS 3: Patient capable of limited self-care and spends fifty percent of day in bed.

PS 4: Patient is unable to do any tasks and is bed bound.

PS 5: Death.

Vulvar cancer life expectancy is also calculated by the staging process. In this process the tests are done to find out if cancer cells have spread in vulva or to other parts of the body. This process predicts the stage of the cancer and further helps finding vulvar cancer survival rate. Following is the list by the U.S. National Cancer Institute based on patients diagnosed with three main types of vulva cancer and having 5 to 10 years of survival rate

Survival Rates for Squamous Cell Carcinoma Of The Vulva:

  • Stage 1:

    • Vulvar cancer found and is limited to vagina.
    • 5 year survival rate: 93 percent
    • 10 year survival rate: 87 percent

  • Stage 2:

    • Vulvar cancer is found in vagina and surrounding tissues.
    • 5 year survival rate: 79 percent
    • 10 year survival rate: 69 percent

  • Stage 3:

    • Vulvar cancer spread to pubic bone or the pelvic lymph nodes.
    • 5 year survival rate: 53 percent
    • 10 year survival rate: 46 percent

  • Stage 4:

    • Vulvar cancer has metastasized and is spread to other parts of the body.
    • 5 year survival rate: 29 percent
    • 10 year survival rate: 16 percent

Survival Rates for Vulva Adenocarcinoma:

  • Stage 1:

    • 5 Year Survival Rate: 100 percent
    • 10 Year Survival Rate: 89 percent

  • Stage 2:

    • 5 Year Survival Rate: 92 percent
    • 10 Year Survival Rate: 72 percent

  • Stage 3:

    • 5 Year Survival Rate: 74 percent
    • 10 Year Survival Rate: 71 percent

  • Stage 4:

    • 5 Year Survival Rate: Not available
    • 10 Year Survival Rate: Not available

Survival Rates for Vulvar Melanoma:

  • Stage 1:

    • 5 Year Survival Rate: 83 percent
    • 10 Year Survival Rate: 71 percent

  • Stage 2:

    • 5 Year Survival Rate: 64 percent
    • 10 Year Survival Rate: 57 percent

  • Stage 3:

    • 5 Year Survival Rate: 35 percent
    • 10 Year Survival Rate: 21 percent

  • Stage 4:

    • 5 Year Survival Rate: Not available
    • 10 Year Survival Rate: Not available

The vulvar cancer life expectancy tells us the approximate period of survival after detection of vulvar cancer. The vulvar cancer survival rate being calculated on a number of people, helps in building overall statistics for vulvar cancer.

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