Life after vulval cancer

What can I expect?

The earlier the vulval cancer is diagnosed, the better the chances of successful treatment and cure.

Many factors affect prognosis, including the stage of the cancer, how well you respond to treatment and your general health. Much of this information will not be known until after the surgery and will be discussed with you when the results of your surgery are available.

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 vulval 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.