Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center’s multidisciplinary teams provide advanced and compassionate care for vulvar cancer. While we have expertise from across the medical and cancer treatment spectrum, we are more than experts in oncology. We are here to help you understand the treatment process and what to expect, as well as to answer any questions you may have.
When screening for vulvar cancer, your doctor will ask about your health, lifestyle, personal history and family history. They may also recommend these tests:
If you have a growth on your vulva that your doctor suspects could be cancer, you’ll need a biopsy to know for sure. Your doctor may use a lighted, magnified instrument called a colposcope to look for abnormalities. They can remove some tissue from suspicious-looking areas with a small knife or a punch tool and send the samples to a lab for examination.
If you’re diagnosed with vulvar cancer, imaging tests, including CT, MRI or PET scans and chest X-rays, can determine how advanced it is and whether it has spread.
If you’re diagnosed with vulvar cancer, you’ll have additional tests to see whether the cancer has spread. The results of these tests will tell you the stage of the cancer. Vulvar cancer is labeled stage 0, 1A, 1B, 2, 3 or 4.
The prognosis depends on when the cancer is caught, how big the tumor is, whether the cancer has spread, your age and other factors. When vulvar cancer is caught early, doctors can often treat it successfully. According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year survival rate for vulvar cancer is 86%.
Your team at Banner MD Anderson is here to provide advanced care and help you understand what a diagnosis of vulvar cancer means for you.