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Squamous cell carcinoma of the vulva: Medical therapy and prognosis

Amer Karam, MD
Jonathan S Berek, MD, MMS
Andrea L Russo, MD
Section Editors
Barbara Goff, MD
Arno J Mundt, MD
Don S Dizon, MD, FACP
Deputy Editors
Sadhna R Vora, MD
Sandy J Falk, MD, FACOG


Vulvar cancer is the fourth most common gynecologic cancer in the United States, with approximately 6000 new cases each year [1]. Most vulvar cancers are squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).

This topic discusses the medical treatment and prognosis of women with vulvar SCC, both for those who are receiving adjuvant therapy after surgical treatment and for those who are not surgical candidates. The staging and surgical management of vulvar cancer is discussed elsewhere. (See "Squamous cell carcinoma of the vulva: Staging and surgical treatment".)

The clinical presentation, diagnosis, and pathology of vulvar cancer; the techniques for radical vulvectomy and radiation therapy; and the management of other histologies are also reviewed separately.

(See "Vulvar cancer: Clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and pathology".)

(See "Radical vulvectomy".)


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