Primary vaginal cancer is very rare. It is more common to have secondary cancers in the vagina as a result of cancer spread from another part of the body, which includes the cervix, uterus, vulva and even bladder or bowel. Patients can experience bloody offensive discharge, bleeding and pain after intercourse, vaginal lump and pelvic pain. Occasionally, the vaginal cancer may be found through a routine pap smear.
Surgical excision is sometimes possible if the cancer is diagnosed at a very early stage. The majority of the vaginal cancer requires a combination of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Patients will often need an examination under anaesthesia so that a full assessment can be carried out in order to determine the best treatment modality.
For further information, arrange an appointment to discuss your condition with Dr Tang.