Vulvar Cancer Treatment Information
Vulvar cancer forms in the external part of the female genitalia, or vulva, which includes the vaginal opening, labia majora (outer lips), labia minora (inner lips), Bartholin glands and clitoris. Cancer of the vulva is relatively rare, and when it does develop, it is typically slow growing and initially asymptomatic. As with other forms of cancer, the condition begins with abnormal changes in healthy cells that cause them to grow and divide uncontrollably. The resulting accumulation of excess cells can form a tumor, which may become malignant (cancerous). Vulvar cancer most commonly affects the inner edges of the labia majora or labia minora, and less often, the Bartholin glands or clitoris.
At Moffitt Cancer Center’s gynecological clinic, women with vulvar cancer can receive comprehensive treatment and support in a warm and elegant setting. We recognize that our patients’ time is valuable, and that’s why we offer access to every specialist, test and treatment in a single, convenient location.
A key factor that distinguishes Moffitt is that our patients are treated by a multispecialty team that is focused exclusively on vulvar cancer. The gynecologic oncologists at Moffitt are highly specialized, and each expert has completed the rigorous process of attaining board certification in his or her area of specialty. This singular focus ensures that Moffitt remains abreast of research developments so that we can offer our patients the very latest advances in vulvar cancer treatments, including promising new options available only through clinical trials. Our groundbreaking research findings have been recognized by the National Cancer Institute, which has designated Moffitt a Comprehensive Cancer Center. Not only does this make our patients feel reassured that they’re in good hands, but it also leads to improved patient outcomes and higher-quality lives.
The gynecologic clinic at Moffitt takes a unique and highly individualized approach to vulvar cancer treatment by utilizing evidence-based clinical pathways. These pathways, or best practice guidelines:
- Outline the entire trajectory of the condition
- Detail all available treatment options, including the latest advances in chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, at each point along the path
- Allow physicians to make decisions along the way by taking into account the risk/benefit ratios and patient preferences
The bottom line is that at Moffitt, our vulvar cancer patients are treated as individuals – never as numbers.
Whether you are newly diagnosed, seeking a second opinion, experiencing a recurrence, in need of a complex surgical procedure or simply seeking more information about vulvar cancer, Moffitt can help. We welcome all patients, and no referrals are necessary. Call 1-888-MOFFITT or register to schedule an appointment online.