Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Vaginal Cancer Surgery

Surgical approaches for vulvar cancer include:

  • Laser surgery for vulvar cancer:
    • A laser is used to remove cancer cells.
  • Vulvectomy:
    • Skinning vulvectomy: removes the skin of the vulva that contains the cancer
    • Partial vulvectomy: removes less than the entire vulva
    • Simple vulvectomy: removes the entire vulva, but no lymph nodes
    • Radical vulvectomy: removes the entire vulva and the lymph nodes

Surgical treatment of vulvar cancer may require:
  • Wide local excision:
    • Removal of the cancer and some of the normal tissue around the cancer
  • Radical local excision:
    • Removal of the cancer and a larger portion of normal tissue or lymph nodes
  • Reconstructive surgery:
    • Grafting skin from another part of the body, in order to replace skin that was removed

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Last Updated: Jan 7, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Vaginal Cancer References
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