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Is vulval cancer different from vaginal cancer?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

The vulva are the external lips at the opening of the vagina.
Vaginal cancer would originate inside the vagina from the vaginal mucosal lining, whereas vulvar cancer would start outside of the vagina. Vulvar cancer could spread to the vagina, just as a vaginal cancer could spread outward to the vulva. With either, early detection and treatment gives the best outcome.

In brief: Yes

The vulva are the external lips at the opening of the vagina.
Vaginal cancer would originate inside the vagina from the vaginal mucosal lining, whereas vulvar cancer would start outside of the vagina. Vulvar cancer could spread to the vagina, just as a vaginal cancer could spread outward to the vulva. With either, early detection and treatment gives the best outcome.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

The origin of the body part is the name for the cancer and determines how we treat a cancer. So vulvar is because it forms on the female vulva and vaginal cancer forms inside the vagina.
They may both be squamous cell cancer but their treatment and management is based on the origin.

In brief: Yes

The origin of the body part is the name for the cancer and determines how we treat a cancer. So vulvar is because it forms on the female vulva and vaginal cancer forms inside the vagina.
They may both be squamous cell cancer but their treatment and management is based on the origin.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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