Vaginal Cancer

Advanced gynecologic cancer treatment in San Diego

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Advanced gynecologic cancer treatment in San Diego

A leader in caring for women with vaginal cancer, Scripps gynecologists and cancer specialists are experts in detecting precancerous cells before they become cancer, and treating vaginal cancer in its earliest stages. When vaginal cancer requires more complex treatment, Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center gynecologic oncologists use the most sophisticated treatments, including minimally invasive surgery that uses small incisions, potentially resulting in shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery, and immunotherapy to harness the power of the body’s own immune system.


Our multidisciplinary, collaborative board of cancer specialists reviews complex cases to ensure the best possible care from diagnosis to recovery.

About vaginal cancer

Vaginal cancer is a rare type of gynecologic cancer that begins in the cells of the vagina. It tends to develop slowly over several years, and may start as precancerous changes that can be treated before they become cancer. Screening exams, such as a Pap test or HPV test, may detect vaginal cancer early.


According to the American Cancer Society, vaginal cancer affects only 1 in 1,100 women in her lifetime.

Vaginal cancer symptoms, diagnosis and stages

In the early stages, vaginal cancer usually doesn’t cause symptoms, nor do the precancerous changes caused by vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia (VAIN).


Learn more about vaginal cancer symptoms, diagnostic testing and stages below. As with most cancers, the earlier vaginal cancer is found, the greater the likelihood of successful treatment.

Treatment and clinical trials

When you’ve been diagnosed with vaginal cancer, you want a team of expert cancer specialists on your side. Scripps MD Anderson's multidisciplinary oncology teams fight vaginal cancer using the latest evidence-based treatments and therapies, including minimally invasive surgery and targeted radiation therapy.

Vaginal cancer treatment locations

Scripps diagnoses and treats vaginal cancer at numerous locations throughout San Diego County. From Chula Vista and La Jolla to Encinitas and beyond, our extensive network of Southern California cancer care centers includes:


  • Four Scripps hospitals on five campuses
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Specialty cancer treatment centers


For details on specific centers and their services, visit cancer care locations.

Support groups, services and resources

Scripps offers a comprehensive lineup of support groups, support services and resources to help you along every step of your cancer journey.