Vaginal Cancer (cont.)
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What is the prognosis for vaginal cancer?
Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options.
The prognosis (chance of recovery) depends on the following:
Treatment options depend on the following:
How is staging determined for vaginal cancer?
After vaginal cancer has been diagnosed, tests are done to find out if cancer cells have spread within the vagina or to other parts of the body.
The process used to find out if cancer has spread within the vagina or to other parts of the body is called staging. The information gathered from the staging process determines the stage of the disease. It is important to know the stage in order to plan treatment. The following procedures may be used in the staging process:
The following stages are used for vaginal cancer:
Stage 0 (carcinoma in situ)
In stage 0, squamous cell cancer is found in tissue lining the inside of the vagina. Stage 0 cancer is also called carcinoma in situ.
In stage I, cancer is found only in the vagina.
In stage II, cancer has spread from the vagina to the tissue around the vagina.
In stage III, cancer has spread from the vagina to the lymph nodes in the pelvis or groin, or to the pelvis, or both.
Stage IV is divided into stage IVA and stage IVB:
Recurrent vaginal cancer
Recurrent vaginal cancer is cancer that has recurred (come back) after it has been treated. The cancer may come back in the vagina or in other parts of the body.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/18/2014
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