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Advanced cancer

What is recurrent vaginal cancer?

Recurrent vaginal cancer is cancer that has recurred (come back) after it has been treated.

Recurrence is when the cancer comes back in the same part of the body. Secondary cancer is when the cancer spreads to another part of the body.

Vaginal cancer may come back in the vagina, the pelvis, or elsewhere in the body.

Treatment options for recurrent vaginal cancer

Treatment of recurrent vaginal cancer may include the following:

  • pelvic exenteration. This is surgery to remove the lower colon, rectum, bladder, cervix, vagina, ovaries and nearby lymph nodes, and create stomata (openings) through which urine and stool are passed out of the body.
  • radiotherapy
  • a clinical trial of a new treatment.