Vaginal Cancer Directory
Vaginal cancer is a rare form of cancer. It affects the vagina. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about what causes vaginal cancer, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
Vaginal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI]-Recurrent Vaginal Cancer
Recurrence carries a grave prognosis. In a large series, only five of fifty patients with recurrence were salvaged by surgery or radiation therapy. All five of these salvaged patients originally presented with stage I or II disease and had tumor recurrence in the central pelvis. Most recurrences occur in the first 2 years after treatment. In centrally recurrent vaginal cancers, some patients may be candidates for pelvic exenteration or radiation therapy. No established anticancer drugs can be considered of proven clinical benefit, although patients are often treated with regimens used to treat cervical cancer. (Refer to the PDQ summary on Cervical Cancer Treatment for more information.) If eligible, patients should be offered the option of participation in one of the ongoing clinical trials. Information about ongoing clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.Current Clinical TrialsCheck for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now
Vaginal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI]-Recurrent Vaginal Cancer
Recurrent vaginal cancer is cancer that has recurred (come back) after it has been treated. The cancer may come back in the vagina or in other parts of the body.
Vaginal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI]-Treatment Options for Recurrent Vaginal Cancer
Treatment of recurrent vaginal cancer may include the following:Pelvic exenteration.Radiation therapy.A clinical trial of anticancer drugs and/or radiosensitizers.Although no anticancer drugs have been shown to help patients with recurrent vaginal cancer live longer, they are often treated with regimens used for cervical cancer. (See the PDQ summary on Cervical Cancer Treatment.)Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with recurrent vaginal cancer. For more specific results, refine the search by using other search features, such as the location of the trial, the type of treatment, or the name of the drug. General information about clinical trials is available from the NCI Web site.
Vaginal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI]-Treatment Option Overview
There are different types of treatment for patients with vaginal cancer.Different types of treatments are available for patients with vaginal cancer. Some treatments are standard (the currently used treatment), and some are being tested in clinical trials. A treatment clinical trial is a research study meant to help improve current treatments or obtain information on new treatments for patients with cancer. When clinical trials show that a new treatment is better than the standard treatment, the new treatment may become the standard treatment. Patients may want to think about taking part in a clinical trial. Some clinical trials are open only to patients who have not started treatment.Three types of standard treatment are used:SurgerySurgery is the most common treatment of vaginal cancer. The following surgical procedures may be used:Laser surgery: A surgical procedure that uses a laser beam (a narrow beam of intense light) as a knife to make bloodless cuts in tissue or to remove a