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Squamous cell carcinoma of the vulva: Staging and surgical treatment

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 high-resource countries and comprises approximately 5 to 6 percent of malignancies of the female genital tract. Although various histologic subtypes of vulvar cancer exist, the vast majority are squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). (See "Vulvar cancer: Clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and pathology", section on 'Epidemiology and risk factors'.)

This topic discusses the staging, treatment, and prognosis of women with vulvar SCC. The clinical presentation, diagnosis, and pathology of vulvar cancer; medical therapy; the techniques for radical vulvectomy; and the management of other histologies are reviewed separately.

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

(See "Squamous cell carcinoma of the vulva: Medical therapy and prognosis".)

(See "Radical vulvectomy".)


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