Vulvar cancer diagnosis
If you have any of the symptoms of vulvar cancer, your first step will be to visit your GP, who will conduct initial tests. If you need further tests, the GP will refer you to a specialist such as a gynaecologist or gynaecological oncologist.
If the tests show that you have vulvar cancer, the specialist will work out how far it has spread. This is known as staging.
After a vulvar cancer diagnosis, you are likely to see a range of health professionals, who will all play a part in your treatment.
Many women feel shocked and upset when told they have vulvar cancer. If you need support, call Cancer Council 13 11 20.
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