Vulvar Cancer

Vulvar cancer develops on the outer surface of the female genitalia. The vulva is the area of skin that surrounds the urethra and vagina, including the clitoris and labia.

Vulvar Cancer Symptoms

A common symptom of vulvar cancer is an itchy lump or sore on the vulva.

Other symptoms include:

  • Pain and tenderness
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Skin changes, such as color changes or thickening

Vulvar Cancer Treatment

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

  • Surgery is usually required to remove the cancer and a small amount of surrounding tissue; in later stages, surgery may be required to remove the entire vulva
  • 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.