Vaginal cancer is the rarest gynecologic cancer in the U.S. The American Cancer Society estimates that 4,600 women are diagnosed with vaginal cancer yearly. Regardless of its rarity, if it happens to you, you’ve come to the right place.
There are two types of cancer that affect the vagina, or the birth canal, in women:
Squamous cell carcinoma:
This is the most common type of vaginal cancer and forms the thin, flat cells lining the vagina. It typically spreads slowly and stays near the vagina. In rare instances, it may spread to the lungs, liver, or bone.
This begins in glandular cells in the lining of the vagina that make and release fluids. Adenocarcinoma may spread to the lungs and lymph nodes. There is one rare type of adenocarcinoma that is linked to your mother having taken diethylstilbestrol (DES) while pregnant with you.
Why Choose Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center?
One of only 71 NCI-designated cancer centers in the United States. Sylvester is one of only two cancer centers in Florida that have been recognized by the National Cancer Institute. The team earned this distinction through its outstanding work conducting research in its laboratories, treating patients in its clinics and hospitals, and reaching out to medically underserved communities with innovative prevention strategies.
The only dysplasia clinic in South Florida. We offer diagnosis and treatment for pre-invasive diseases of the lower genital tract, as well as screening and treatment of anal dysplasia in men and women.
More experienced physicians to care for you. Sylvester treats more than 5,000 patients with cancer each year. Your dedicated team of physicians at Sylvester have a huge depth and breadth of experience treating your unique cancer.
Multidisciplinary care teams provide nationally recognized expertise. Your physician experts talk to each other, face-to-face, on a regular basis and plan the right care for you and your specific cancer. And you can expect that caliber of care in years to come. Sylvester also has the only gynecologic oncology fellowship in South Florida training the next generation of doctors.
Fertility preservation experts. You don’t have to choose between future fertility and cancer treatment. Specialists at the University of Miami Fertility Center in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offer fertility counseling for male and female cancer patients to help you explore your options and make decisions regarding fertility preservation before you undergo treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.