The prognosis of vaginal cancer is favourable in patients diagnosed in the early stages of disease. Studies have shown that the 5 year survival rates of stage I of the disease is about 84%, which decreases to about 57% in women with metastatic vaginal cancer. As the symptoms in initial stages of the disease are non-specific, many patients tend to ignore the symptoms. By the time the symptoms are evident, the cancer will have progresses beyond the initial stages.
Consult your doctor if you have any/all of the following symptoms suggestive of some type of significant gynecological problem:
These are some symptoms suggestive of vaginal cancer. The presence of these symptoms does not mean that you have vaginal cancer. Your doctor, after examinations and tests, can diagnose the cause of your symptoms and treat them accordingly.
Who to Consult
If you have any significant gynaecological symptoms that persist for more than a few days, consult a health professional. Health professionals, who can be consulted include:
If you are diagnosed with vulvar cancer, the doctors who can manage your treatment include:
When to consult if you have been treated for vaginal cancer
Vaginal cancer survivors should have regular follow-up examinations because after completion of treatments there is always a risk of recurrence. Regular follow up helps in earlier diagnosis of the recurrence (in case the cancer comes back). Apart from this, you get a chance to discuss any other changes in health. In between follow-up appointments, consult your doctor if you have: