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If vaginal cancer spreads
Cancer cells can spread from the vagina to other parts of the body. This spread is called metastasis.
Understanding how a type of cancer usually grows and spreads helps your healthcare team plan your treatment and future care. If vaginal cancer spreads, it can spread to the following:
- vaginal wall
- tissues around the vagina
- pelvic wall
- lymph nodes in the pelvis or groin
- lungs, bones, liver
Spread of other cancers to the vagina is more common than primary cancer of the vagina. Cancers that may spread to the vagina include:
- cervical (most common)
- malignant trophoblastic disease
If a cancer involves both the cervix and the vagina, it is considered to be a cervical cancer. If a cancer involves both the vulva and the vagina, it is considered to be a vulvar cancer.
Taking action against all cancers
The latest Canadian Cancer Statistics report found that of all newly diagnosed cancers in 2017, half are expected to be lung, colorectal, breast and prostate cancers. Learn what you can do to reduce the burden of cancer.