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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: Epidemiology, diagnosis, histopathology, and treatment of rare histologies", section on 'Epidemiology'.)

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: Epidemiology, diagnosis, histopathology, and treatment of rare histologies".)

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

(See "Radical vulvectomy".)

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