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.

Treatment decisions

The two main treatments for vaginal cancer are radiotherapy and surgery. You may also have chemotherapy alongside radiotherapy.

Surgery for vaginal cancer

There are different types of surgery for vaginal cancer. Find out about these, what happens before surgery and how you might feel after your operation.

Laser treatment

A laser is a very thin, focused beam of light that heats the tissue it is directed at. Lasers can focus very accurately on tiny areas. Find out how laser treatment treats abnormal cells in the lining of the vagina.

Radiotherapy for vaginal cancer

Radiotherapy uses high energy waves similar to x-rays to kill cancer cells.

Chemotherapy for vaginal cancer

Chemotherapy uses anti cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells.

Follow up

At first, you usually have follow up appointments every few months to check how you are.

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