Vaginal Cancer

Vaginal cancer is a rare type of cancer that forms in the vagina, the muscular tube that connects the uterus with the outer genitals.

There are two primary types of vaginal cancer: squamous cell carcinoma, which forms in the cells lining the inside of the vagina, and adenocarcinoma, which originates in the glandular cells.

People with vaginal cancer typically do not exhibit any symptoms; however, patients should seek medical attention if they experience abnormal vaginal bleeding, pain during sexual intercourse, pain the pelvic area, a lump in the vagina, pain during urination or constipation, as these may be signs of vaginal cancer.

Doctors in the GW Cancer Center’s Gynecological Oncology Program may treat vaginal cancer using a combination of minimally invasive robotic surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, depending on the patient’s needs.