Vaginal Cancer

Vaginal cancer is a rare cancer that develops in the vagina.

Vaginal Cancer Symptoms

Early vaginal cancer may not exhibit any symptoms. As it progresses, you may notice:

  • Irregular vaginal bleeding – for example, after intercourse or after menopause
  • Watery vaginal discharge
  • A lump or mass in your vagina
  • Painful urination
  • Constipation
  • Pelvic pain

Vaginal Cancer Treatment

Your treatment will depend on the characteristics of the cancer, its stage, your general health, and your preferences.

Treatment options include:

  • Surgery – if your cancer was detected early, surgery can remove the tumors or lesions on the surface of the vagina and nearby tissue.

For more progressive cancer, removing part of or the entire vagina may be necessary. You may also need to have your uterus, ovaries, and nearby lymph nodes removed.

If cancer has spread to the pelvic area, you might need to have your pelvic organs, including your bladder, ovaries, uterus, vagina, rectum, and the lower portion of your colon removed.

  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy

Supporting You Every Step of the Way

At UT Southwestern, care does not stop with treatment of the malignancy. Our team is just as concerned about your nutrition, pain control, and psychological and social adjustments, as well as the impact of cancer on your family.

If you have questions, be sure to talk with your physician or another member of your clinical care team.