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Vagina cancer affects the tissues of the birth canal. If the normal function of cell production and growth is change or disturbed, cells can grow out of control and begin dividing quickly resulting in a cancerous tumour. The exact cause of vagina cancer is not entirely understood.

The symptoms associated with vagina cancer will normaly appear as the disease progresses however about twenty percent of all cases of vagina cancer are completely asymptomatic, meaning they have no symptoms whatsoever, and are only diagnosed after abnormal Pap test results are discovered.

Cancer of the vagina is relatively rare, and accounts for some of the lowest number of women’s cancer cases. Whilst there are few symptoms associated with the disease, there are a few symptoms that have been noted including: discomfort or pain in the pelvic area, bleeding following sexual intercourse, and a blood tinged vaginal discharge. There may also be difficulty passing urine, pain in the rectal area, blood in the urine, and frequent urination reported. Because vagina cancer is so rare, many medical professionals are not very familiar with the disease. This greatly increases the possibility of a misdiagnosis. Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of vagina cancer may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss.

2 Main Types

There are two main forms of vagina cancer that may affect women of any age. These forms include:

  • Squamous Cell Vaginal Cancer: the more common form of the disease, it most commonly affects women between the ages of fifty years old and seventy years old.

  • Adenocarcinoma Vaginal Cancer: a less common form of the disease, it more commonly affects women who are younger than age twenty.

Diagnosis

A proper diagnosis of vagina cancer starts with a routine visit to a primary care physician. Since most general practitioners are not familiar with the disease, this is often where most cases of misdiagnoses occur. Any time there is a suspicion of vagina cancer, the physician should recommend a referral to a cancer specialist who is more familiar with these conditions to arrange for further testing. These tests should include a cervical smear, a biopsy, an internal vaginal examination, and/or a colposcopy. Tissue samples should be collected from any areas that appear to be abnormal for further microscopic laboratory testing. The best chances for a full recovery is dependent upon the proper tests being ordered, prompt results being received, test results being interpreted correctly, and effective treatments being started as soon as possible. A delay in treatment because of a misdiagnosis can be detrimental to a full recovery. Late diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of vagina cancer may be due to medical negligence and give rise to a personal injury compensation claim for damage and loss.

Vagina Cancer Medical Negligence Solicitors

If you or someone you know has been negatively impacted because of a vagina cancer misdiagnosis, you need to understand you have legal rights and you may be able to acquire compensation for your injuries. Our team of medical negligence solicitors handles a variety of cases relating to cancer misdiagnoses, including those related to vagina cancer and will be able to help assess your claim. All of our cases are handled on a no win no fee basis. We operate the no win no fee scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. Please contact us today by phone, email, or by using the contact form on this website to find out how we can help. All claims are reviewed by a solicitor for free, with no further obligation required. This means that you have absolutely nothing to lose, but so much to gain.


Vaginal Cancer Overview


Vaginal cancer is a rare type of cancer. The vagina itself is a tubular organ that connects the uterus and cervix to the outside of the body near the women’s vulva. In vaginal cancer, some cells grow out of control, leading to cancer that can spread local or to the outside of the body. Vaginal cancer is often found early, when it is almost always curable.

There are two varieties of vaginal cancer. These include the following:

  • Squamous cell cancer. This forms in the lining of the vagina. It is a slowly spreading cancer that has the chance of spreading to liver and lungs. It is the more common of the two cancers and is seen in women greater than age 60.
  • Adenocarcinoma. This begins in the secretory cells of the vagina—those cells that make mucus. It is a more aggressive cancer that spreads easily in lymph nodes and later, lungs. It is found most commonly in women younger than age 30.

The risk of vaginal cancer depends on a person’s age and on exposure as a foetus to diethylstilbestrol or DES. Other risk factors include the following:

  • Having an HPV infection. This increases the risk of cervical cancer as well.
  • Having cervical cancer or pre-cancerous cells in the cervix.
  • Being aged 60 years or more.
  • Being exposed to DES, which was commonly used in the 1950s.

Vaginal cancer may be seen on a routine pap test or a routine pelvic exam. A woman could also have pain in the vaginal area, bleeding unrelated to menstrual periods, pain with sexual intercourse or a noticeable lump in the vaginal area.

If vaginal cancer is suspected, the doctor gets a complete physical, past medical history and a pelvic exam. The vagina, uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries are evaluated along with the rectum. Lumps or thickened areas are looked for. A Pap test is done on the cervix to look for abnormalities.

If there is suspicion of vaginal cancer, the doctor must go further, beyond a Pap test, to evaluate the suspicious areas of the vagina. A biopsy is done using a culposcope, which is a microscope specifically used to see areas of the vagina and cervix. Special stains can be used in order to find suspicious areas and take biopsies of the areas highlighted by the stain. The cervix and vagina both can be evaluated using a culposcope. A curette, which is a spoon-shaped instrument, can scrape the suspicious areas to look under the microscope for evidence of cancer or precancerous cells.

The chances for recovery and the treatment choices depend on a few things. These include the following situations:

  • The tumour grade, which tells how abnormal the cells are when compared to normal cells
  • The size of the tumour or the width and length of the squamous cell cancer
  • Whether or not you are suffering from any symptoms
  • Where in the vagina the cancer cells are located
  • If the cancer has a new diagnosis or whether it has recurred
  • How old the patient is and how healthy the patient is at the time of diagnosis.

The options for treatment are variable and depend on the stage, size and location of the cancer as well as on whether or not the cancer is an adenocarcinoma or squamous cell cancer. If the patient has had a hysterectomy or an intact uterus, the treatment differs. Previous radiation to the pelvis makes a difference in the treatment of vaginal cancer.

Treatment includes surgery to remove the entire vagina or to simply remove the tumour, leaving the rest of the vagina intact. There is radiation therapy, which can be external radiation or brachytherapy, which is the insertion of radioactive beads into the vagina near the cancer. Radiation works well to kill the quickly growing cells.


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