The vulva is the female external genitalia and entryway to the vagina.
Vulvar cancer is a relatively rare diagnosis, representing about 5 percent of all gynecologic cancers. It usually develops slowly over a period of years. The vulva is essentially epithelial skin so the main tumor types that affect this area are skin-related cancers.
Experts at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center understand gynecologic cancer and work as a team to design the best treatment plan. A typical team is made up of gynecologic oncologists, radiation oncologists, social workers, and nurses. Our Cancer Center is one of only two in the state where patients are treated by board-certified gynecological oncologists. Treatment plans may include:
- Radiation therapy
- Laser surgery to remove the cancer, including LEEP (loop electroexcision procedure)
- Local excision to remove the cancer