Oncologist-approved cancer information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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Vaginal Cancer

This section has been reviewed and approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 10/2012
After Treatment

After treatment for vaginal cancer ends, talk with your doctor about developing a follow-up care plan. This plan may include regular physical examinations and/or medical tests to monitor your recovery for the coming months and years. Although there are no specific guidelines, women should visit their doctors regularly for physical and pelvic examinations and a Pap test. Follow-up care is essential for women who have finished vaginal cancer treatment. The doctor may also recommend other tests, including x-rays, CT scans, ultrasound studies, or MRI scans. Tell your doctor about any new symptoms. ASCO offers cancer treatment summary forms to help keep track of the cancer treatment you received and develop a survivorship care plan once treatment is completed

Women recovering from vaginal cancer are encouraged to follow established guidelines for good health, such as maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, eating a balanced diet, and having recommended cancer screening tests. Talk with your doctor to develop a plan that is best for your needs. Moderate physical activity can help rebuild your strength and energy level. Your doctor can help you create an appropriate exercise plan based upon your needs, physical abilities, and fitness level. Learn more about the next steps to take in survivorship, including making positive lifestyle changes.

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