Vaginal cancer treatment
The treatment recommended by your doctor will depend on the results of your tests, the type of cancer, where the cancer is, whether it has spread and your general health. Treatment may involve radiation therapy, surgery, chemotherapy or a combination of these treatments.
Most people with vaginal cancer will have radiation therapy because vaginal cancer that is close to the urethra, bladder and rectum is often difficult to remove completely with surgery. Surgery may be used for small cancers found in the upper part of the vagina.
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