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How does surgery treat vaginal cancer?

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Surgery is the most common treatment for vaginal cancer. Your doctor may use a laser to cut out affected tissue or growths. In some cases, she may need to remove all or part of the vagina. You doctor could also choose to perform a hysterectomy, a procedure that removes the uterus. Sometimes, the cervix or other organs need to be removed as well.

Many women can have a normal sex life after surgery, but your doctor will need to tell you what’s safe and when. Sex can increase the chance of infection, and it can cause bleeding or strain the surgical site. How you’re healing and what kind of surgery you’ve had will make a difference in the effect on your sex life, too.

From: What Is Vaginal Cancer? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Vaginal Cancer Treatment.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Vaginal Cancer: Risk Factors and Prevention.”

CDC: “Vaginal and Vulvar Cancers.”

American Cancer Society: “Vaginal Cancer.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cancer Treatment for Women: Possible Sexual Side Effects.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 15, 2016

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: “Vaginal Cancer Treatment.”

American Society of Clinical Oncology: “Vaginal Cancer: Risk Factors and Prevention.”

CDC: “Vaginal and Vulvar Cancers.”

American Cancer Society: “Vaginal Cancer.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cancer Treatment for Women: Possible Sexual Side Effects.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 15, 2016

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