Vulvar Cancer

Vulvar cancer is a type of cancer that occurs on the vulva, the outer surface area of the female genitalia that includes the clitoris and labia.

Vulvar cancer usually affects the outer vaginal lips. However, it can affect the vaginal lips, clitoris, or vaginal glands.

People with vulvar cancer typically do not exhibit any symptoms; however, patients should seek medical attention if they experience changes in the vulvar skin, tenderness in the vulvar area, or itching in the vulvar area that does not go away as these may be signs of vaginal cancer.

Specialists in the GW Cancer Center’s Gynecological Oncology Program may treat vulvar cancer using a combination of surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or biologic therapy.