Radio-chemotherapy of vulvar cancer

Roberto Zucali, Francesco Raspagliesi, Rado Kenda, Laura Lozza, Silvia Tana, Francesca Valvo

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Surgery alone, more or less demolitive, is the treatment of choice of vulvar cancers. Cure rates are high for early cancers only, while locally advanced tumors with or without inguinal adenopathles and recurrences have a bad prognosis. The excellent results of concurrent chemo-radiotherapy of anal cancers suggested to adopt the same approach for locally advanced vulvar cancers. The shrinkage of the tumor allowed surgery, often less demolitive than usual, and the pathological examination demonstrated an overall complete response in 40% of cases. Survival has been Improved through this multidisciplinary approach. Patients not suitable for surgery obtained important remissions and an improved quality of life. Clinical experience at the Istituto Tumori of Milano is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-251
Number of pages2
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1998


  • Radio-chemotherapy
  • Vulvar cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research


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