Vaginal tumors

Alternative Names

Vaginal cancer; Cancer – vagina; Tumor – vaginal

Definition of Vaginal tumors

A vaginal tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue in the vagina, a female reproductive organ.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Most cancerous vaginal tumors occur when another cancer, such as or , spreads. This is called secondary vaginal cancer.

Signs and tests

In patients with no symptoms, the cancer may be found during a routine pelvic examination and .

Treatment

Treatment of vaginal cancer depends on the type of cancer, and how far the disease has spread.

Expectations (prognosis)

How well patients with vaginal cancer do depends on the stage of disease and the specific type of tumor.

Review

Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; and Yi-Bin Chen, MD, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 1/31/2010

Female reproductive anatomy
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Normal uterine anatomy (cut section)

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