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vaginal cancer

Cancer of the vagina (vaginal carcinoma).  Only about 1% of gynecologic cancers occur in the vagina. 


Symptoms may include:


  • bleeding from the vagina
  • sores on the lining of the vagina that may bleed and become infected
  • watery discharge
  • pain during sexual intercourse
  • some women have no symptoms
  • frequent urge to urinate
  • pain during urination
  • abnormal connections (fistulas) may form between the vagina and the bladder or rectum

Causes may include:


  • human papillomavirus (HPV)

Treatment may include:


  • radiation therapy
  • surgery - surgical reconstruction of the vagina may be appropriate after some forms of treatment
  • chemotherapy is used to treat advanced vaginal cancer cases — often in conjunction with radiation

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