Cancer of the Vulva
Cancer of the vulva is usually treated with
surgery. (Read on-line review articles here,
here and here.) For a
definition of the stages go here.
There has been increasing use of radiation in recent years. As noted below radiation can be used to treat lymph nodes (either inguinal or deep pelvic nodes.) There is also increasing use of radiation plus chemotherapy for advanced cases either as preoperative treatment (to shrink the tumor and allow more limited surgery) or as the only treatment for patients with inoperable cancer.
For a discussion of radiation go here. For the best general information on vulvar cancer go to the links below:
Assessment of current
International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics staging of vulvar
carcinoma relative to prognostic factors for survival (a Gynecologic
Oncology Group study).