Vulvar Cancer Treatment

The vulvar cancer treatment or combination of treatments recommended for a specific patient will depend on several factors that are unique to her, including the stage of her cancer at the time of the diagnosis as well as her age, overall health and preferences. To make the best treatment decisions, it’s important for a patient to thoroughly discuss all appropriate options, including their benefits, risks and potential side effects, with a trusted physician who can answer her questions and make individualized recommendations.

The three main vulvar cancer treatment options are:

  • Surgery – The goal is to remove as much of the cancer as possible while preserving the function and appearance of the vulva, if possible.
  • Radiation therapy – This treatment may be recommended to attempt to shrink tumors prior to surgery to facilitate their removal, or after surgery to attempt to destroy any residual cancer cells.
  • Chemotherapy – This therapy is sometimes used in conjunction with radiation therapy or on its own if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

Additionally, precancerous conditions of the vulva, such as vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia, can sometimes be treated topically.

At Moffitt Cancer Center’s gynecological clinic, each patient’s vulvar cancer treatment plan is developed and overseen by a multispecialty team of experts that meets weekly to ensure the best possible care. These specialists include fellowship-trained surgeons, gynecologists, gynecologic oncologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, pathologists, nurses, rehabilitation specialists and other health care professionals, all of whom are highly experienced in their respective disciplines. Our evidence-based team approach, complemented by our dedicated research efforts, is continually creating hope, improving the outcomes and enhancing the lives of cancer patients.

To learn more about the vulvar cancer treatment options available at Moffitt, including promising new therapies that are currently available only through our clinical trials, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form. No referrals are needed to consult with our gynecologic experts.