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Can vaginal cancer be cured?

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Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
Dr. Marianne DiNapolianswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Poor prognosis: Unfortunately, vaginal cancer has a poor prognosis. 80% of vaginal cancers are metastatic (spread) from cancer originating in other organs in the pelvis. If a cancer has already spread, prognosis is usually poor. Overall 5 year survival for vaginal cancer is about 40%. Cancers that are caught early on before they have spread have a better chance of cure.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Yes: As in any cancer if found early it's easier to cure. Therefore small vaginal tumors can be resected. But even advanced vaginal cancer that don't lend to surgery can be treated with radiation and chemotherapy with a possibility of cure (though less). Radiation has external machines and interstitial implants that can be performed that can kill sometimes rather large tumors that have not spread.

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What is vaginal cancer?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Cancer in vagina: Age > 60 yrs and exposure to the drug DES - diethyl stilbestrol before birth affect a woman's risk of developing vaginal cancer. There are 2 types - squamous cell vaginal cancer spreads slowly and usually stays near the vagina, but may spread to the lungs and liver. This is the most common type of vaginal cancer. It is found most often in women aged 60 or older. Adenocarcinoma occurs in < 30 yrs.

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