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Surgery is the primary form of treatment for vulvar cancer. At Moffitt Cancer Center’s gynecological clinic, surgeons practice the latest advancements in vulvar cancer surgery to remove cancer while preserving as much sexual and urinary function as possible.

Vulvar cancer surgery can take many forms depending on the specific location and extent of the cancer. The vulva isn’t one organ – it describes the external portion of the female genitalia that includes the inner and outer sections of the labia, clitoris, vaginal opening and Bartholin glands. Because of this, there are several different surgical procedures that might be used to treat vulvar cancer.

Types of vulvar cancer surgery

Many vulvar cancer treatment plans include a form of vulvectomy, or surgery to remove all or a section of the vulva. Types of vulvectomies include:

  • Partial simple vulvectomy – A portion of the vulva and surrounding top layers of tissue are removed.
  • Partial radical vulvectomy – A portion of the vulva and surrounding deep layers of tissue are removed.
  • Complete simple vulvectomy – The entire vulva is removed.
  • Complete radical vulvectomy – The entire vulva and surrounding tissues are removed.

In addition to removing all or a portion of the vulva, a surgeon may remove nearby lymph nodes if they are affected by cancer or to help prevent the spread of disease.

Moffitt’s approach to vulvar cancer surgery

Vulvar cancer is an uncommon malignancy, but at Moffitt – a high-volume cancer center renowned for its research initiatives – our experts have unparalleled experience treating even the most complex and uncommon gynecologic cancers. Our surgeons work hand-in-hand with medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, gynecologists, pathologists, plastic surgeons, supportive care providers and other professionals to deliver a full spectrum of individualized treatment in one location. From diagnosis through recovery, Moffitt is here to walk you through your cancer journey and help you achieve an enhanced quality of life.

You can contact Moffitt with or without a referral at 1-888-663-3488 or by completing a new patient registration form online if you would like to speak with an oncologist about vulvar cancer surgery or any of our treatment options.