Cancer of the vulva affects the external female genital organs, including the clitoris, vaginal lips and the opening to the vagina.
The most common treatment for cancer of the vulva is surgery. The goal is always to remove the cancer without any loss of the woman's sexual function. One of the following types of surgery may be done:
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 at Memorial Hermann.