If you’re affected by vulvar cancer, you may have many questions about how it is diagnosed, treatment options, side effects and how to stay well. You can find trustworthy information about all aspects of your experience below.
Vulvar cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in any part of the vulva. Get an overview of vulvar cancer, what causes it and who gets it.
Find out about the tests for vulvar cancer, how it is diagnosed and staged, and who will provide your care.
The main treatment for vulvar cancer is surgery. Treatment may also include radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
Find out about the possible impacts of vulvar cancer treatments and how to manage side effects such as changes to the vulva and vagina, bladder changes and lymphoedema.
Learn about follow-up care, what happens if the cancer returns, and how to look after your physical and mental health.
- What type of vulvar cancer do I have?
- Has the cancer spread? If so, where has it spread? How fast is it growing?
- Are the latest tests and treatments for this cancer available in this hospital?
- Will a multidisciplinary team be involved in my care?
- Are there clinical guidelines for this type of cancer?
- Do I have HPV? Can I pass on HPV to my partner? Should I or my partner get vaccinated against HPV?
- What treatment do you recommend? What is the aim of the treatment?
- Are there other treatment choices for me? If not, why not?
- If I don’t have the treatment, what should I expect?
- How long do I have to make a decision?
- I’m thinking of getting a second opinion. Can you recommend anyone?
- How long will treatment take? Will I have to stay in hospital?
- Are there any out-of-pocket expenses not covered by Medicare or my private health cover? Can the cost be reduced if I can’t afford it?
- How will we know if the treatment is working?
- Are there any clinical trials or research studies I could join?
- What are the risks and possible side effects of each treatment?
- Will I have a lot of pain? What will be done about this?
- Can I work, drive and do my normal activities while having treatment?
- Will the treatment affect my sex life and fertility?
- Should I change my diet or physical activity during or after treatment?
- Are there any complementary therapies that might help me?
- Where can I get emotional support, such as counselling about body image or sexuality?
- How often will I need check-ups after treatment?
- What will happen at each follow-up appointment?
- If the cancer returns, how will I know? What treatments could I have?