Surgical Management of Vulvar Cancer

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  • a From Department of Surgery, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, and Department of Medical Oncology, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, California.
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Vulvar cancer is a rare malignancy with high curability in early-stage disease, yet poor outcomes for advanced-stage and recurrent disease. Surgical management is at the cornerstone of treatment for most vulvar cancers, and includes conservative and radical resection of the primary vulvar tumor and excision of local lymph nodes, which are major prognostic factors and drive adjuvant treatment. This review summarizes the surgical management of primary squamous cell carcinoma of the vulva, specifically initial treatment guidelines by stage, based on the 2017 NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology for Vulvar Cancer.

Correspondence: Thanh H. Dellinger, MD, Department of Surgery, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1500 East Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010. E-mail:

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