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Diagram of wide local excision for vulval cancer

Women discussing vulval cancer

The diagram below shows a wide local excision (WLE) for cancer of the vulva.

This means having the area containing the cancer removed, along with a border of healthy tissue around it. This operation will vary, depending on how big an area of the vulva is affected.

Diagram showing a wide local excision of the vulva

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Updated: 11 December 2013