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Life after vaginal cancer

What can I expect?

Vaginal cancers can be effectively treated, and when found in the early stages, are often curable.

Many factors affect prognosis, including the extent of the cancer – whether it is just in the vagina or has spread – how well you respond to treatment, and your general health.

For more information on your prognosis, talk to your doctor. Only someone who knows your medical history can tell you what to expect and advise you about the treatment options that are best for you.

Statistics about other women who have been diagnosed and treated for vaginal cancer can be helpful. However, it’s important to remember that these are overall statistics. The behaviour of every woman’s cancer is an individual thing and not predictable.

For many people the first few weeks after the diagnosis are very stressful. You may have trouble thinking, eating or sleeping.

It is crucial that you take steps to enhance your wellbeing at this time to help you adapt to the stress that you are facing. Nurturing your body and mind by eating nourishing food, doing some enjoyable physical activity, and taking some time out to do meditation or relax can help you to feel more balanced and improve your vitality.