Recurrent vulvar carcinoma with metastasis has few effective treatment options, which are mainly directed toward palliation of symptoms. A 70-year-old woman was originally treated in 1999 for vulvar squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) with radical vulvectomy and bilateral inguinofemoral groin dissection. She represented in 2005 with a new lesion distinct from the margin of her first disease occurrence. Although treatment of this area included surgical resection and chemoradiation, she recurred 3 months later. Despite radical surgical resection with an anal perineal resection, she presented 2 months later with widely metastatic disease. Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) staining of the tumor cells showed 3+ staining in 100% of the cells. She was treated with palliative radiation therapy (RT) and a cetuximab plus cisplatin chemotherapy protocol. A partial response was obtained for 5 months with palliation of symptoms. Few treatment options exist for recurrent metastatic vulvar carcinoma. The combination of the EGFR antagonist cetuximab with cisplatin has shown modest success in other metastatic SCCs. The partial response experienced in our patient suggests its potential use in women with recurrent or metastatic vulvar carcinoma
- metastatic vulvar cancer
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