Vulvar Cancer: Latest Research

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 10/2012

ON THIS PAGE: You will read about the scientific research being done now to learn more about this type of cancer and how to treat it. To see other pages, use the menu on the side of your screen.

Doctors are working to learn more about vulvar cancer, ways to prevent it, how to best treat it, and how to provide the best care to people diagnosed with this disease. The following areas of research may include new options for patients through clinical trials. Always talk with your doctor about the diagnostic and treatment options best for you.

Different surgical techniques. Researchers are studying new techniques, including reconstruction, to reduce the effects of vulvar surgery or to reconstruct the fatty tissue of the vulva after surgery.

HPV and vulvar cancer. Research continues regarding the link between HPV and vulvar cancer, leading to a better understanding of the types of vulvar cancer and how each type grows.

Supportive care. Clinical trials are underway to find better ways of reducing side effects of current vulvar cancer treatments to improve patients’ quality of life.

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To find clinical trials specific to your diagnosis, talk with your doctor or search online clinical trial databases now.

The next section addresses how to cope with the symptoms of the disease or the side effects of its treatment. Use the menu on the side of your screen to select Coping with Side Effects, or you can select another section, to continue reading this guide.