Vaginal Cancer Treatment Information
Primary vaginal cancer is relatively uncommon. This condition develops when healthy cells in the vagina (the muscular tube that connects a woman’s outer genitals to her cervix) undergo abnormal changes. Left untreated, these cells can grow and divide at a very rapid pace, potentially accumulating to form cancerous lesions. Cancer can also spread to the vagina after developing elsewhere in the body, but this is not considered primary vaginal cancer. Instead, it is diagnosed as a metastatic form of a different type of cancer, which is classified by the part of the body where it first developed.
How Moffitt doctors approach treating vaginal cancer
At Moffitt Cancer Center, we understand that a woman who is facing a suspicion or confirmed diagnosis of vaginal cancer might feel frightened, confused, overwhelmed or a combination of all of these emotions. The compassionate, multispecialty team in our gynecologic clinic is here to help. We offer all aspects of cancer diagnosis, treatment and support in a single, convenient location. For instance, our patients with vaginal cancer can benefit from:
- Multiple expert opinions – By taking a multispecialty approach to cancer treatment, Moffitt offers patients the peace of mind of working with an entire team of experts instead of a single physician. Our team includes experienced gynecologic oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, plastic surgeons, radiation oncologists, reproductive endocrinologists, nurses and supportive care specialists. Every week, this collaborative tumor board meets to review and discuss each patient’s case and refine the patient’s treatment plan as needed.
- Highly advanced treatments – Our surgeons perform a variety of procedures designed to address vaginal cancer, including laser surgeries, wide local excisions, vaginectomies, total hysterectomies, lymph node dissections and pelvic exenterations. We also offer the latest options in radiation therapy and chemotherapy, as well as a wide variety of services to support reproductive health and overall wellness, such as fertility preservation strategies and yoga, massage and nutrition counseling.
- Nationally recognized research – As a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Moffitt is well respected for its cancer research breakthroughs and continues to develop and evaluate new therapies for vaginal cancer every day. We also offer our patients access to a robust portfolio of clinical trials through which they can be among the first patients to benefit from promising new treatment options.
For these reasons and more, Moffitt is redefining how gynecologic cancers are diagnosed and treated. For more information or to meet with a vaginal cancer doctor, call 1-888-663-3488 or request an appointment by completing a new patient registration form online. You do not need a referral to meet with us.