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Vaginal Cancer Treatment

Vaginal cancer can be cured if caught early.

The choice of treatment will depend upon the following factors:

  • The stage and size of the cancer
  • Whether the cancer is close to other organs that may be damaged by treatment
  • Whether the tumor is made up of squamous cells or is an adenocarcinoma
  • Whether you have a uterus or have had a hysterectomy
  • Whether you have had radiation treatment to the pelvis

At Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center, we offer a comprehensive cancer program that provides a range of options for treating vaginal cancer. Specialists at the Jordan Center for Gynecologic Cancers are dedicated to identifying vaginal cancer, eliminating it and stopping it from coming back.

Our gynecologic oncologists are board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and have completed additional training required for treating cancer. This training includes all currently available forms of treatment, including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and clinical trials. Our gynecologic oncologists will communicate regularly with other Penn specialists and members of your care team to provide comprehensive, integrated care.

Learn more about vaginal cancer treatments at Penn Medicine:

Integrative medicine for vaginal cancer

While conventional medicine plays a critical role in cancer treatment, integrative medicine and wellness programs can enhance your quality of life, minimize or reduce the side effects of cancer and cancer treatment, and promote healing and recovery. Our integrative oncology services for vaginal cancer can supplement traditional cancer treatments.

Our cancer specialists are knowledgeable and supportive of complementary cancer treatments. We can work with you and your family to integrate supportive programs into your overall care plan while ensuring your health and safety.

Services include:

Joan Karnell Supportive Services at Pennsylvania Hospital offers an extensive variety of supportive care programs for patients and families, from diagnosis through survivorship. These programs are available at no cost to the patients treated at Pennsylvania Hospital, and some are open to patients treated elsewhere. These services include social-work counseling, nutrition counseling, psychological counseling and spiritual counseling. The Cancer Appetite and Rehabilitation Clinic focuses on patients with loss of appetite and weight.

Palliative care for vaginal cancer

Palliative care provides physical, emotional and spiritual care that can enhance your quality of life. It can be used to complement traditional cancer therapies or when curative therapies are no longer an option. Services include palliative chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, as well as psychological counseling, art therapy and support groups for patients and families.

Penn home care and hospice services

Penn Medicine offers a full range of at-home health care services, including specialized therapies and medications, for patients with cancer and cancer-related conditions.