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Conditions We Treat: Vaginal Cancer

Vaginal cancer is a very rare cancer that develops in the tissues of the vagina. There is no screening test for vaginal cancer, but the HPV vaccine can prevent certain strains that can lead to vaginal cancer. Treatment for vaginal cancer is most successful when the disease is still in its early stages.  

Vaginal Cancer: What You Need to Know

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  • In the U.S., close to 3,000 women are diagnosed with vaginal cancer each year.
  • Women who were exposed to diethylstilbestrol (DES) in the womb have an increased risk for developing vaginal cancer. DES was prescribed to pregnant women to prevent miscarriage between 1940 and 1971. 
  • Bleeding or discharge not related to menstrual periods is the most common symptom of vaginal cancer.

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Why choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of vaginal cancer?

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Our Physicians

Rely on the expertise of our physicians to treat vaginal cancer.

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Our Surgical Expertise

Our expertise in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery means our patients have faster recovery times, fewer complications and less pain.

Watch this video to learn more about minimally invasive surgery at Johns Hopkins.

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Our Patient Care

We believe in treating the whole patient — body, mind and spirit. “We are by your side every step of the way — whether you are just beginning treatment or have completed treatment and are undergoing survivorship care.” – Amanda Fader, M.D.

As part of your care, we offer a range of counseling and support services for you and your family.