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    What is the treatment for vulvar cancer?

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  • Women's Health Queensland Wide provides free health information for Queensland women. View Profile

    Vulval (or vulvar) cancer is rare and usually slow developing. Women can sometimes develop precancerous lesions (vulval intraepithelial neoplasia or VIN) often associated with human papilloma virus, which may never progress to cancer. Treatement  of precancerous lesions may involve monitoring the area in case these changes disappear on their own. 

    Treatment of vulval cancer will depend on the exact location, size, depth of the cancer, the type of vulval cancer it is, and the stage of disease progression. Treatment may involve surgery which would require either a wide excision of the area or a vulvectomy ( where the vulva is partially or completely removed. Surgery may be accompanied by or preceed chemotherapeutic medications and or radiotherapy.  

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    Health Information Line, Women’s Health Queensland Wide
    Women living in Queensland can also call our Health Information Line - a free information and referral service for Queensland women - on 3839 9988 or 1800 017 676 (toll free outside Brisbane).
    Please note that all health information provided by Women’s Health Queensland Wide is subject to this disclaimer

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