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 - 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
Vaginal Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI]-Stages of Vaginal Cancer
After vaginal cancer has been diagnosed, tests are done to find out if cancer cells have spread within the vagina or to other parts of the body. The process used to find out if cancer has spread within the vagina or to other parts of the body is called staging. The information gathered from the staging process determines the stage of the disease. It is important to know the stage in order to plan treatment. The following procedures may be used in the staging process:Chest x-ray: An x-ray of the organs and bones inside the chest. An x-ray is a type of energy beam that can go through the body and onto film, making a picture of areas inside the body. CT scan (CAT scan): A procedure that makes a series of detailed pictures of areas inside the body, taken from different angles. The pictures are made by a computer linked to an x-ray machine. A dye may be injected into a vein or swallowed to help the organs or tissues show up more clearly. This procedure is also called computed tomography,