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Types of treatment

Your doctor will advise you on the best treatment for your cancer. This will depend on the results of your tests, where the cancer is and if it has spread, your age, your general health, and what you want.

Treatment for cancer of the vulva may include surgery, radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy.

Surgery is the main treatment for cancer of the vulva. It may be used either alone or in combination with radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Whether you have radiotherapy or not will depend on the stage of your cancer, its size, whether it has spread to the lymph nodes and, if so, how many nodes are affected.

Chemotherapy may be used at the same time as radiotherapy to make treatment more effective. For women with vulval cancer that has come back or spread, chemotherapy can help them feel better by relieving some of the symptoms of the cancer.

Treatment given after the main treatment to increase the chances of a cure is called adjuvant therapy. Treatment given before the main treatment is called neoadjuvant treatment.

If you want to try complementary therapies, which are generally used in conjunction with conventional cancer treatment, it is important that you discuss this with your doctors and health professionals.

All these treatments are explained in more detail in the following sections.