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Vaginal Cancer



Cancer of the vagina, a rare kind of cancer in women, is a disease in which malignant cells are found in the tissues of the vagina.

Overview

The two most common types of vaginal cancer are squamous cell cancer and adenocarcinoma. Both types occur most frequently in older women.

Understanding Your Diagnosis

Not all women with vaginal cancer have symptoms. Your doctor or gynecologist may find vaginal cancer during a routine visit to have a pelvic exam and Pap test.

Deciding on Treatment

Your treatment plan depends on your age, overall health, and the extent of the disease. You may need surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of these.

Managing Side Effects

Side effects are common during cancer treatment. You may have mild side effects or more severe side effects that interfere with your daily activities. Your health care team will help to ease any side effects that you experience.

Prevention and Screening

Factors that may increase your risk for vaginal cancer include smoking, infection with the human papillomavirus, and having cancer of the vulva or cervix.

Advanced Reading

Learn more about vaginal cancer from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Physician Data Query (PDQ®) for patients. It includes information about prevention, screening, and treatment.




 

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