About Female Cancer
There are many different types of cancers that can affect the female reproductive system and at Calaway·Young Cancer Center, our cancer team is well-versed in treating all kinds of cancers. The female reproductive system includes the vagina, uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. These organs are responsible for producing and transporting eggs cells (oocytes) for conception and much more. We understand that being diagnosed and treated for cancer can not only be a challenging event for you but your whole family. For this reason, our entire team is dedicated to doing all that we can to help guide you through your cancer journey. Call our office in Glenwood Springs, CO to learn more.
Types of female cancer
There are several types of female reproductive cancer, including:
The cause of female-specific cancer is unclear, but we do know it starts with a mutation of a small group of cells that eventually divide and multiply quickly, resulting in a malignant tumor. Some risks factors may include HPV (sexually transmitted disease), advanced age, genetics, a weak immune system, beginning menstruation before the age of 12, hormone imbalance, and having a family history of cancer.
The symptoms will vary for each cancer, but common signs may include:
- A lump or wart-like bumps
- Pelvic pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Bleeding that isn't from menstruation
- Chronic itching of the vaginal area
- Frequent urination
- Changes in bowel habits, such as constipation or diarrhea
- Unexplained weight loss
Female-specific cancers can be treated with radiation, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. The method of treatment selected will depend on the type, location, and progression of cancer. When developing your treatment plan, our cancer team will also consider your personal preferences. At Calaway·Young Cancer Center, our facility features a tranquil treatment area that offers a stunning view of the Roaring Fork Valley. The comfort of our patients is of the utmost importance.
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You will not walk alone. At Calaway•Young Cancer Center, our cancer team is here to help you every step of the way and can also connect you with cancer support groups and other community resources. Our care team will sit with you and review all your treatment options.