What is vaginal cancer?

Vaginal cancer is when abnormal cells in the vagina start to divide and grow in an uncontrolled way.

Symptoms of vaginal cancer

Your guide to the symptoms of vaginal cancer and when you should see your doctor.

Getting diagnosed

Information about seeing your GP, referral to a specialist and the tests you might have.

Risks and causes of vaginal cancer

We don’t know what causes most vaginal cancers. But there are some factors that may increase your risk of developing it.

Types and grades

There are a number of different types of vaginal cancer. The grade of a cancer gives doctors an idea of how fast growing it is.

Stages

The stage of a cancer tells you about its size and whether it has spread. It helps your doctor decide which treatment you need.

Treatment for vaginal cancer

Your treatment depends on a number of factors including the type and stage of cancer and where the cancer is in your vagina.

Research and clinical trials for vaginal cancer

All treatments must be fully researched before they can be used as standard treatments. Research trials aim to find out if new treatments are safe and better than those currently available for vaginal cancer.

Survival

Survival depends on many factors including the stage and type of your cancer. These figures for vaginal cancer survival should only be used as a general guide.

Living with vaginal cancer

Get support to cope during and after treatment. 

Last reviewed: 
06 Sep 2021
Next review due: 
06 Sep 2024
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