Surgery for Vaginal Cancer
Surgery is the most common treatment of vaginal cancer. The following procedures may be used:
Even if the surgeon removes all the cancer visible at the time of surgery, some patients may be given chemotherapy or radiation therapy after surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells. Learn more about radiation therapy.
Vaginal cancer forms in the tissues of the vagina, which leads from the cervix to the outside of the body.
The most common type of vaginal cancer is squamous cell carcinoma, which starts in the thin, flat cells lining the vagina. Another type of vaginal cancer is adenocarcinoma, cancer that begins in glandular cells in the lining of the vagina.