There are several different types of cancer that can affect the vagina. They each develop in different parts of the vaginal tissue.
Vaginal cancer may also be primary (it started in the vagina) or secondary (it spread to the vagina from somewhere else in the body).
Find out more about the different types of vaginal cancer, as well as some of the symptoms and possible treatments in the resources below:
Cancer of the vagina
Cancer Council Victoria (AUS)
This page explains symptoms, diagnosis, staging and treatment of vaginal cancer.
Understanding vulvar and vaginal cancers
Cancer Council Australia (AUS, 2020)
This booklet clearly explains vulval and vaginal cancers, including anatomy, diagnosis, treatment and side effects. There is also a handy glossary, question checklist and information on seeking support.
(72-page booklet in PDF or hardcopy)
Macmillan Cancer Support (UK, 2018)
This UK-based web page provides information on vaginal cancer, including different types of vaginal cancers, treatment and side effects. Please note that support services and telephone numbers are not available to Australians.
If you have vaginal cancer (easy reading)
American Cancer Society (cancer.org)
This is a good introduction to the types of vaginal cancer, treatment, side effects and follow up. This could be helpful to read before seeing your doctor, as it includes lists of questions you might wish to ask. Remember that support information is for a US audience only.
About vaginal cancer
American Cancer Society (cancer.org) (US, 2016)
This web page links to similar information to the page above, but provides a lot more detail. Remember that support information is for a US audience only.