Vulvar cancer affects a woman’s external genitalia, including the inner and outer lips of the vagina, the opening of the vagina, and the clitoris. The outer lips of the vagina are the most common location for vulvar cancer.
Precancerous cells may develop over the course of several years, a condition that is caused vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia or dysplasia.
Experienced specialists at the Duke Cancer Institute offer cutting-edge treatment for this rare cancer.
Patients with precancerous vulvar disease may be treated with a laser or by wide local excision of the lesions.
Early stage invasive vulvar cancer is treated surgically with removal of the tumor. Lymph nodes in the groin may also be removed to look for spread of the cancer. More extensive local disease can be treated with radiation therapy as well as chemotherapy.
The Duke Cancer Institute offers several types of surgery that are effective at treating this rare cancer:
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