Treatment

Most patients with vaginal cancer are treated with surgery or radiation therapy.

There are four types of vaginal cancer, depending on the type of cancer where the cancer began. (1) Vaginal squamous cell carcinoma is the most common type and refers to the thin, flat cells that line the surface of the vagina; (2) vaginal adenocarcinoma begins in the glandular cells on the surface of the vagina; (3) vaginal melanoma which develops on the pigment-producing cells of the vagina; and (4) vaginal sarcoma which develops in the connective tissue cells or smooth muscle cells in the vagina walls.

Spotlight

Visit the Sisterhood of Survivorship page to read “Dena’s Story” — by a vulvar cancer survivor who has shared her story and wise words, and channeled her energy into her National Race to End Women’s Cancer team.

Awareness

The CDC recently announced that fewer than half of American children are given the HPV vaccination.

Research

As of the July 23 deadline, 55 research abstracts were submitted in hopes of receiving one of only 6 grants from the Foundation. This points to a need for more funding so that the Foundation may award grants to every deserving applicant.

Education

The Gynecologic Cancer Global Health Forum will be Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 in D.C.. For more information on educational events and courses, click here.