Treatment for vulval cancer

Your treatment depends on a number of factors including how big the cancer is, whether it has spread anywhere else in your body and your general health. A team of doctors and other professionals discuss the best treatment and care for you.

The most common treatment for vulval cancer is surgery. 

Treatment options

The main treatments used for vulval cancer are surgery, radiotherapy and sometimes chemotherapy.

Surgery

The type of surgery you need depends on where the cancer is in your vulva.

Radiotherapy

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

Chemotherapy

When, where and how you have chemotherapy for vulval cancer, and the possible side effects.

Follow up

Find out about follow up appointments and tests after treatment for vulval cancer.

Preparing for treatment and life afterwards (prehabilitation)

There are things you can do to help you feel more in control of your physical and mental health when preparing for treatment. In the hospital, preparing for treatment is also called prehabilitation or prehab.

Last reviewed: 
01 Dec 2022
Next review due: 
01 Dec 2025
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