Carcinomas of the Vulva


The dataset has been developed for the pathological reporting of resection specimens of primary carcinomas of the vulva. In some patients with a prior diagnosis of vulval carcinoma (especially squamous), it is not clear whether a ‘new’ lesion is a recurrence or an independent neoplasm and the dataset can also be used for such tumours, especially when these ‘arise’ from the surface squamous epithelium. Molecular studies have shown that some of these ‘recurrent’ neoplasms exhibit similar mutations and are clonally related to the original tumour and are likely to represent true recurrences while others are clonally unrelated with different mutations and are likely to represent new neoplasms. In those rare cases where more than one primary tumour is present, separate datasets should be completed for each neoplasm. These should include all the elements in this dataset, except for lymph node status which does not need to be documented separately for each tumour.

Haematopoietic neoplasms, mesenchymal neoplasms, mixed epithelial and mesenchymal neoplasms, malignant melanomas, other non-epithelial malignancies and metastatic tumours are excluded from this dataset.

Publication History

This dataset was developed with the kind support of the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists (ISGyP).

1st edition – August 2021

  • To reference this dataset please use the following citation: McCluggage WG, Bosse T, Focchi G, Gilks CB, Hoang L, Howitt BE, Ordi J, Singh N, Wong R, McAlpine J, Lax SF (2021). Carcinoma of the Vulva Histopathology Reporting Guide, 1st edition. International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting; Sydney, Australia. ISBN: 978-1-922324-22-1.
  • Read more on the Carcinoma of the vulva dataset (1st edition) from the journal article written by the dataset authors: Data Set for the Reporting of Carcinomas of the Vulva: Recommendations From the International Collaboration on Cancer Reporting (ICCR). Hoang L, Webster F, Bosse T, Focchi G, Gilks CB, Howitt BE, McAlpine JN, Ordi J, Singh N, Wong RW, Lax SF, McCluggage WG. Int J Gynecol Pathol. 2022 Nov 1;41(Suppl 1):S8-S22. doi: 10.1097/PGP.0000000000000900. Epub 2022 Oct 10.

Expert Committee

The 1st edition of the dataset for Carcinoma of the vulva was developed by the following international team:

  • Chair and Series Champion – W Glenn McCluggage, UK
  • ICCR representative – Sigurd Lax, Austria

Domain experts:

  • Tjalling Bosse, The Netherlands
  • Gustavo Focchi, Brazil
  • Blake Gilks, Canada
  • Lien Hoang, Canada
  • Brooke Howitt, USA
  • Jessica McAlpine, Canada
  • Jaume Ordi, Spain
  • Naveena Singh, UK
  • Richard Wong, Hong Kong SAR China
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